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Politics in India

M.M. Sankhdher (Editor) Gurdeep Kaur (Editor)
Synopsis Indian politics has so far iconoclastically defied all attempts at systematic theorization by scholars Indian and foreign in the changing spectrum of Indian political life. Nothing is more striking than the extraordinary national leadership usually described as ‘Charismatic”, which characterizes politics as Indian wine in western bottles. The present book on Indian polity is a product of the confined effort of young research scholars. The uses of specialized knowledge could not be bypassed. Hence, particular fragments have been built into fuller and meaningful structure of discussion of our political system. Divided into three parts, the book contains twenty-five chapters, each chapter in a way is a replica of the whole thesis, condensed into a chapter and supported by a comprehensive bibliography, which certainly would enable the reader to get an insight into the problem or issue he wants to study and thus, would provide an authenticated description of the facts as each researcher while progressing in research exploited all available primary and secondary resources of field of enquiry. Part I: Politics in Ancient India, is comprised of eight chapters have a focus on the techniques of statecraft as represented in the ancient Indian scriptural literature which undoubtedly can claim to be original in its approach and universal application. The well researched chapters in this section explore Kautilya’s theory of techniques of statecraft and good governance based on value-based politics rather than on stark Machiavellianism. A common but highly significant and vital factor in all ancient classics has been the genius of vibrant thinkers who were so much inspired by superiority of spiritual experiences and intellect which represent a framework of the totality of life. Part II: Politics of Change and Political thought comprises nine chapters, dealing with the modern Indian political thought as reflected in the political ideas of Acharya Narendra Dev, Veer Savarkar, M.S. Golwalkar, Bal Gnagadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi all of whom can rightly be said as great contributors to the growth of political science discourse in twentieth century. Part III: Politics in Modern India, consists of eight chapters, with a thrust upon recent issues in national and international politics, Terrorism Politics in Transition and about Multi-party system too. It deals with the role of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh in pre-independence India, i.e., during freedom movement. The other chapters, largely deal with post-independence political themes ranging from highly controversial issues, such as the policy of job reservations, politics of terrorism in India and the role of Indian bureaucracy to a critical analysis of the years of Indira Gandhi’s prime-ministership and constitutionalism in India. This book is a unique attempt to construct the linkages between the past and present in Indian studies for establishing India’s identify in the field of political knowledge.
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About the authors

M.M. Sankhdher

Dr. M.M. Sankhsher, (1928-2002) till recently, National Fellow , Indian Council of Social Science Research, Formerly Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, was an s\established academic. He had supervised 35 Ph.D. and M.Phil scholars. His name had been included in India Who’s Who, Asia Who’s Who, Indo-Arab Who’s Who, ABI 2001 Man of the Year award, Year 2000 “Kautilya” award by Indo-Canadian Society, Montreal. Dr. Sankhdher had been recipient of fellowships, visiting professorship and grants from Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Indian Council of Social Science Research, University Grants Commission. British Council, Charles Wallace Foundation and London School of Economics (U.K.), Social Science Research Council (Norway), Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute (Canada), International Political Science Association, the Indian Institute of Advance Study, and the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. He has authored: Reflections on Indian Politics; The Concept of Welfare State; The Welfare State; Gandhi, Gandhism and the Partition of India; Understanding Gandhi Today; Democratic Politics and Governance in India; Yogakshema; The Indian Model of Welfare State; and Social Security, Welfare and Polity. Edited Essays on Fobian Socialism; Framesork of Indian Politics; Secularism in India; Dilemmas and Challenges; National Unity and Religious Minorities; Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Contributed chapters to 25 books, written “Foreword” to 10 books. He has published 100 articles in professinal journals. Prof. Snakhdher was lately the Chairperson, International Political Science Association Research Committee on Welfare State & Developing Societies, Associate Editor, Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, Life-Member, Bhadarkar Oriental Research Institute, Association of British Scholars, Government’s nominee on Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, International Association of Sanskrit Studies, Member, World Association of Vedic Studies and International Conference of North African and Asian Studies. He had contributed papers and delivered lectures on all continents. He had been India’s delegate to the United Nations in 2000.

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Gurdeep Kaur

Dr. Gurdeep Kaur is a Reader in the Department of Political Science at S.G.T.B. Khalsa Post-Graduate (Evening) College, University of Delhi. Gurdeep Kaur has traveled abroad and in the country for participation in international and national conferences, like World Sanskrit Conference, New Delhi, 2001; world Punjabi Conference, London, U.K., 2002; XIXth IPSA World Congress, Durban, South Africa, 2003; World Punjbai Conference, Lahore, Pakistan, 2004, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Barcelona, Spain, 2004. Political Ideas of the Sikh Guru, and Political Ethics of Guru Granth Sahib, are valuable publications to her credit.

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Bibliographic information

Title Politics in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176296554
length x+506p., Bibliography; Index; 26cm.