Crisis and Change in Contemporary India

Crisis and Change in Contemporary India

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Author: Upendra Baxi
Bhikhu Parekh/
Editor(s): Upendra Baxi / Bhikhu Parekh
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 453
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170364108


India is passing through anxious times. The current policy of economic liberalization, notwithstanding its obvious advantages, has the potential to unleash social tensions. This volume of original essays addresses this and related issues.

While the recent challenges to secularism have given rise to grave political problems. These developments underscore the need for a critical look at the constitutive principles and the current predicament of Indian polity and society.

The first four essays critically analyses the contributions of Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar, the founding fathers of modern India, to Indian political, and social transformation. The evolution of India’s post-Independence polity, the formation of civic loyalty, the primordial politics of language and the crisis of governability in contemporary India form the second thematic cluster. The third group of contributors deal with communal riots and the problem of religious and secular identities in the framework of the construction of modernity. Issues relating to community and public health, the need for developing a new paradigm of critical psychology, a psychological under-standing of the practice of power in contemporary India and the eco-politics of development activities are dealt with by the last set of essays.

Bringing together internationally distinguished observers of India-who express a variety of viewpoints, cover a fascinating range of themes, and raise issues of both academic and practical importance-this book will be of considerable interest to students of politics, sociology, history, psychology, health, environment, development and south Asian Studies. It will be indispensable for anyone concerned about contemporary India.




Jawaharlal Nehru and the Crisis of Modernisation

The Doctrine of Swaraj in Gandhi’s Philosophy

Gandhi: Guru for the 1990s?

Gandhi, Nehru, and Modernity

Emancipation as Justice: Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Legacy and Vision

Interpreting Indian Politics: A Personal Statement

Civil Loyalty and the New India

The Great Language Debate: Politics of Metropolitan

Crowds and Power: Democracy and the Crisis of Governability in India

Personality Politics: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

The Politics of Application and Social Relevance in Contemporary Psychology

The Health Scenario in India

Religion, Scenario in India

Religion, Politics and Modernity

Religious and Secular Identities

Cultural Embodiment and Histories: Towards Construction of Self

Communal Riots in Contemporary India: Towards a Sociological Explanation

The Sardar Sarovar Project: Ecopolitics of Development

Raojibhai Patel (Mota): an Appreciation

Notes on Contributors