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India: Issues and Ideas

 
Arvind Bhandari (Author)
Synopsis India takes pride in enabling its citizens to cast a vote quinquennially. But Indian democracy, argues Senior Journalist Arvind Bhandari, is distressingly flawed, being based on institutionalized corruption and rule by minority vote. A thematic strand running through this vibrant book, which commences with a comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction, is that India has more failed than succeeded as a newly emerging nation. The author contends that India's non-performance is ascribable to the country being deprived of across-the--board reforms, which have not been effected because of a short-sighted, pusillanimous political leadership. Areas which cry out for reform include population policy, anti-poverty programmes, political system, electoral system, judicial system, educational system and accountability in public life. Even 57 years after independence, India's face is pockmarked by poverty, squalor, chaos, congestion, injustice, violence, brutality and, of course, ubiquitous corruption, with the result that not un - often the country sinks to the depths of an uncivilized nation. Despite statistical obsolescence, the arguments and analysis contained in the book retain their validity and relevance. In fact, the book is suffused with political and economic information which could serve as valuable background material for general readers and journalists as well as students and competitioners.
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About the author

Arvind Bhandari

Arvind Bhandari is among the senior-most Delhi-based journalists. After taking a M.A. (Economics) degree from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, in 1960, he joined The Hindustan Times as an apprentice reporter. Then he switched to The Times of India, where he was a Staff Reporter from 1961 to 1965. Bhandari was Special Correspondent of the Indian Express from 1965 to 1978 and an Assistant Editor of The Tribune from 1979 to 1980. From 1980 to 1985 he was Chief of New Delhi Bureau of Commerce Weekly. Bhandari was General Manager, Press Relations Division, Reserve Bank of India, from 1985 to 1992. Since then he has been writing for various newspapers. Bhandari is widely travelled. Arvind Bhandari was a prominent cricketer during his college days. He captained St. Stephen's College and represented Delhi in Ranji Trophy.

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Bibliographic information

Title India: Issues and Ideas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121004195
length viii+330p.
Subjects History