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8: Post-Colonial Democracy, 1947-1977

Seminar Questions:

1. What do you understand by the term ‘Nehruvian socialism’?
2. In what ways was Indian democracy transformed between the late 1960s and the late 1970s?

Seminar Readings:

1. Sudipta Kaviraj, “The Passive Revolution and India: A Critique”, in Trajectories of the Indian State: Politics and Ideas (Ranikhet, 2010), pp. 100-144
2. Benjamin Zachariah, Nehru (London, 2004), pp.139-169

Background Readings:

1. Ramachandra Guha, India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (Delhi, 2007)
2. Achin Vanaik, The Painful Transition: Bourgeois Democracy in India (London, 1990)
3. Ayesha Jalal, Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia (Cambridge, 1995)