"The largest democracy in the world." This is how India is often heard, and perhaps there may be some talk after the nation of 1,4 billion residents in May held another parliamentary election. And yet it seems to be a truth with modifications.
Kenneth Bo Nielsen from the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Oslo, along with a few colleagues, has set out to give an insight into Indian democracy, and it has become a fine anthology where experts from all over the world shed light on different aspects of the case. The result is exceptionally good.
We know India as a multi-ethnic nation. About 80 percent of the population are Hindus, but a large Muslim minority and various other religious groups live in the country. In addition, Indian democracy is still in the shadow of the caste society.
These complicated cases are expertly handled by Anupama Rao in one of the essays. As a researcher at Barnard College in New York, she has long been interested in the Indian caste system, which continues to play a major role in the understanding of Indian democracy. At a time when India was liberating itself from the British Empire, various models of coexistence between were discussed. . .
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