Nationalism, Democracy & Development - State and Politics in India

Nationalism, Democracy & Development - State and Politics in India

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Author: Sugata Bose
Ayesha Jalal/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 206
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195644425


This book delineates the structural and ideological aspects of the late colonial and post-colonial state in India. It questions the binary opposition between secular nationalism and religious communalism.

Further, it also argues that the failure to assure substantive democracy and equitable development for significant segments of civil society has resulted in the discrediting and delegitimizing of state-sponsored nationalism.

These essays comprise a significant advance in the debate on nationalism and move towards offering alternative theories of the state. This book is a essential reading for student and scholars of modern history and politics of India, South Asia and the developing world.

Excerpts from Reviews:

An absolute must for anyone trying to figure out why India is what it is. Deserves a thorough reading. - Business Standard

Nationalism and legitimacy of the modern state are right back at the top of the political and academic agendas in India. This book provides a range of novel and interesting approaches to the vital questions. - C A Bayly, University of Cambridge

This book is a trenchant critique of current intellectual fashion. It has a two-fold positive agenda of its own. Emphasizes the relevance of nationalism, modernity and development, and warns against the dangers of state centralism in pursuit of these goals. - The Book Review


Sugata Bose is Professor of History and Diplomacy, and Director of the Center of South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University.

Ayesha Jalal is Professor of History at Harvard University.