Transforming The Polity  - Writings of Jaiprakash Narain

Transforming The Polity - Writings of Jaiprakash Narain

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Author: Ajit Bhattacharjea
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 141
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171679862


JP’s writings clearly express his lifetime search for a fundamental, non-violent, socio-political revolution rooted in the Indian context. The extracts in the book have been chosen to provide a brief insight into his thinking on a variety of subjects.

Besides revealing his reaction to events as they happened, the book proves that JP’s stress on flaws in parliamentary democracy and the multi-party system are as relevant today as they were when he first expressed them. His views were based on the primacy he gave to ethics in politics and personal freedom. Political change had to be accompanied by social, economic and even spiritual advances to become an effective Total Revolution.

It was then that freedom became one of the beacon lights of my life, and it has remained so ever since. Freedom, with the passing of the years, transcended the mere freedom of my country and embraced freedom of man everywhere and from every sort of trammel - above all, it meant freedom of the human personality, freedom of the mind, freedom of the spirit.
- Jayapraksh Narayan



1.Ethics in Politics
2.Disenchantment with Congress
3.Role of the State
4.Illusion of Democracy
5.Communal Politics
6.Secular Principles
7.The Communitarian Alternative
8.Reaching Out to Estranged Peoples
9.Collapse of Governance
10.The Bihar Movement
11.Recollections in Detention
12.Total Revolution
13.The Janata Interlude