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Democratic Socialism: Boon or Bane: A Critical Analysis with Reference to the Indian Model

Shiv Kumar Sharma (Author)

This book titled 'Democratic Socialism: Boon or Bane, A Critical Analysis with Reference to the Indian Model' is based on my innovative thought. The idea of writing came forth in my mind when I was working on my LL.M dissertation titled as 'Relevance of Marxism in the Modern Theory of Social Welfare State: An Overview of Indian Constitutional Law' submitted to the Bundelkhand University Jhansi Uttar Pradesh, India during 2009 -2011, While I was interacting with the subjects of Judicial Process, Jurisprudence and Constitution New Challenges, I alarmingly noticed a great divide between theory and practice of democracy and socialism that is between law in books and law in action. I explored "Misrule of Law" in practice in the name of theoretical "Rule of Law". I have demonstrated a tool of suitable illustrations to prove my theory. Thematic Epitome is self-explanatory pictorial depiction of solemnity of directive principles. This book contains 18 tables and 11 flow charts making the tedious thoughts easier to be grasped by average reader. This is an extraordinary feature of this book usually not found in legal and political texts. This work will enlighten the scholars by making them able to find systemic lacunae. Critical analysis of basic principles like democracy, socialism, welfare state, various forms of socialism and its evolution are unique features nowhere found at one place. An objective scrutiny of the preamble and second and third parts of the constitution will give rise to new approach of realism. Brief description of relevant constitutional provisions, significant case laws and sections of IPC, CrPC and other Acts pertaining especially to corruption, women and child labour will be highly advantageous to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The book is written with realist-functionalist approach in context with the largest democracy of the world and this type of work has not yet been done by any Indian author. It would be useful to leftist as well as rightist thinkers. Studies of menace of corruption, women empowerment and child labour in the form of descriptive illustrations will benefit students writing effective essays and answers to the questions asked in civil and judicial services examinations. Since I have suggested means to deal with challenges before the nation and defined certain new measures too so this book will benefit researchers, executives, jurists and social rights activists.

Contents: Preface. 1. Socialism: Theme and Perspective. 2. Justiciability of Socio-economic Rights in Global Perspective. 3. Marxism and Democratic Socialism. 4. Indian Democratic Socialism: Philosophy of Thinkers. 5. International Aspects of Democratic Socialism. 6. Meaning and Scope of Democratic Socialism Today. 7. Market in Democratic Socialism. 8. Nature of Contemporary Democratic System. 9. Acquisition and Exercise of Power. 10. Democratic Socialism: Origin and Growth. 11. Essentials of Democratic Socialism. 12. Welfare State and Democratic Socialism. 13. Little Done Vast Undone. Bibliography. Glossary.

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About the author

Shiv Kumar Sharma

Dr. Shiv Kumar Sharma, has done M.A. in History of Art and Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He secured First Class First Position and was awarded the University Gold Medal. He also passed Post-Graduate Diploma in art & Architecture from the same University and Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology & Museums from Varanasys Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi securing First Class First in both the Courses. He availed Greek Government Scholarship for another Ph.D. and studied at Athens University Greece in the department of Archaeology and History of Art. During his studies in Greece, he also obtained one year’s diploma in Modern Greek language from the Athens University. On his return from Greece, he was selected as Pool Officer by the U.P.S.C., sponsored by the C.S.I.R. He served Crafts Museum (Govt. of India), New Delhi as Assistant Director and National Museum, New Delhi as Pool Officer. Thereafter, he joined Allahabad Museum, another National Museum of the country, as Education Officer in 1988. Dr. Sharma has honour of several awards like B.H.U. Scholarship, Sr. Fellowship of the I.C.H.R., Research Associateship of the U.G.C., etc. In 1992, ‘Small Study and Research Grant’ was awarded by the ‘Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has organized a large number of art exhibitions of national and international repute in India and abroad. Besides exhibitions at Allahabad Museum, he has organized a number of educational activities, short-term courses on Indian and European art, lectures, seminars and symposiums. Among noteworthy contributions, Dr. Sharma catalogued the huge collection of miniature paintings preserved at Ram Nagar Fort, Varanasi in the collection of Maharaja Banaras under the supervision of Prof. R. Das Gupta. He was also assigned to catalogue a private Indian art collection while studying in Greece. In 1992, Dr. Sharma was called upon by the Hon. High Court Allahabad to organize a prestigious exhibition on the occation of its Post-Centenary Silver Jublee Celebrations. There he displayed photographs, rare documents and precious objects. In the words of the Hon’ble Justice Mr. S.K. Dhawan, the convener of the exhibition committee, ’Dr. Sharma has shown tremendous organizing capacity’ which made him an outstanding display expert. The author has published considerable number of research articles in different research journals of India as well as abroad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Democratic Socialism: Boon or Bane: A Critical Analysis with Reference to the Indian Model
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789387839304
length 414p.