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State in India, Pakistan, Russia and Central Asia

Rakesh Gupta (Author)

The book is a product of teaching interests and deals with the four significant case studies of post-communist and developing states in historical, theoretical and empirical dimensions. The focus has been to look at their nature from the point of view of regime types and class essence, in other words on the margins of different social science perspectives. Theories dealing with state centric and society centric view have been examined in the historical internal and the international contexts. Speaking relatively, the state in India stands taller than Russia, peripheral Central Asia and authoritarian Pakistan with regard to its ontos and performance despite emergency and currency threats to its policy, if the latter does not mature. Militarism of Pakistan ha been examined with reference to its lineages and international linkages. Unlike other case studies Pakistan is unique in representing a case apart on this score. Scholars, students and the ordinary reader will fund this useful as a reading and as a input into further pursuits of issues of the nature of Statehood under the phase of globalization. In that context against we notice that India has been able to deal with the autonomy within and sovereignty abroad. Challenges from the ordinary people, regional groupings and ethnicity have been highlighted. A book life that is always timely and need of the hour. It does not claim to offer the road map of the future except indicating the need of responding to the demands of the ordinary people.

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About the author

Rakesh Gupta

Rakesh Gupta is a professor with the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi since the last twenty-three years. He was Head of the Centre for Political Studies 2000-02 and officiated as Dean, School of Social Sciences from time to time during this period. Prior to this he was with Motilal Nehru College, Delhi University for eleven years. He has been teaching courses on political philosophy, political theory, comparative politics and Indian politics. He specializes on strategic studies and foreign policy. He has co-authored and edited numerous books. Among them are books on Bihar Peasantry, Outer Space, Soviet Union, Civil-Military Relations during Gorbachev Period, Sub Sahara region, Pakistan, Indian Security and USA’s Strategic Defence Initiative. He has published Occasional papers on Russian Military Doctrine (Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi). He has written research papers on Socialist Societies, Foreign Policies of US, Russia, Pakistan, India, on arms control, disarmament and international relations and philosophy of Jean Franchois Lyotard in national and international academic journals. He has written about four hundred articles in dailies, weeklies, monthlies, tabloids and occasional periodicals on current issues of national and international politics.

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Bibliographic information

Title State in India, Pakistan, Russia and Central Asia
Author Rakesh Gupta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817835263X
length 296p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.