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The democratization of Indian politics

Sagarika Dutt

in India in a Globalized World

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069000
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701409 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069000.003.0002
The democratization of Indian politics

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This chapter explores the democratisation of politics in India. It explains that the process of constitutional development started in the nineteenth century and culminated in the drafting and adoption of a new constitution for independent India in 1949. The founding fathers wanted India to be a liberal democracy and the constitution they adopted introduced a parliamentary system of government, universal adult suffrage, fundamental rights for all citizens and a Supreme Court to act as the guardian of the constitution. This chapter suggests that greater integration with the global economy could lead India to a more multicultural and cosmopolitan culture and a more egalitarian society.

Keywords: politics; democratisation; India; constitutional development; liberal democracy; parliamentary system; suffrage; global economy; cosmopolitan culture; egalitarian society

Chapter.  12927 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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