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Religion, Caste and Politics in India

Jaffrelot, Christophe:
Religion, Caste and Politics in India / Christophe Jaffrelot. - London : C. Hurst, 2011. - ca. 600 S.
ISBN 978-1-84904-137-9
£ 65,00 (Hardback)
ISBN 9781849041386
£ 20,00 (Paperback)
DDC: 954.05
-- Angekündigt für Januar 2011 --
Indische Ausgabe: New Delhi : Primus Books, 2010. - xxxii, 802 S. : Kt. - ISBN 9789380607047
Amerikanische Ausgabe: New York : Columbia University Press, 2011. - ISBN 978-0-231-70260-7 - 978-0-231-70261-4 (angekündigt für Mai 2011)

After Independence the Nehruvian approach to socialism in India rested upon three pillars: secularism and democracy in the political domain; state intervention in the economy; and diplomatic Non-Alignment mitigated by pro-Soviet leanings after the 1960s. These features defined the ‘Indian model’, and even the country’s political identity. From this starting point Christophe Jaffrelot explores the manner in which India has been transformed, more especially since the 1980–90s. The world’s largest democracy has sustained itself by making more room, not only for the vernacular politicians of the linguistic states, but also for Dalits and OBCs. But the simultaneous—and related—rise of Hindu nationalism has put the minorities—and secularism—on the defensive, and in many ways the rule of law is on trial too.
The liberalisation of the economy has resulted in growth but not necessarily in development. India has also acquired a new global status, that of an emerging power seeking new political and economic partnerships in Asia and in the West, where the United States remains the first choice of the Indian middle class.
The traditional Nehruvian system is giving way to a less cohesive but more active India, a country which has already become what it is against all the odds. Christophe Jaffrelot’s book tracks India’s tumultuous journey of recent decades, exploring the role of religion, caste and politics in weaving the fabric of a modern democratic state. [Verlagsinformation]

Quellen: C. Hurst; Blackwell Online Bookshop; WorldCat