Abstract

Abstract:

Contrary to popular belief, British colonial legacies do not explain India’ successful transition to democracy in its postindependence era. Rather the democratic underpinnings of the Indian nationalist movement ensured the adoption of a democratic form of government. In subsequent years, India’ democracy has weathered threats and been consolidated. Though Indian democracy is hardly bereft of shortcomings, social forces are likely to contribute to the further deepening of democracy. The country must also make a concerted attempt to bolster the robustness and efficacy of a range of institutions and procedures if it hopes to extend the promise of democracy to its entire population.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 30-40
Launched on MUSE
2007-05-02
Open Access
No
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