India

Political Ideas and the Making of a Democratic Discourse

Gurpreet Mahajan

Description

Part of Zed's World Political Theories series, this remarkable work that offers a revealing glimpse of the social and political life of contemporary India, and how it differs from the dominant liberal paradigm.
In this groundbreaking work, Gurpreet Mahajan tackles the predisposition of political theory to be limited by the Western canon. Bringing into focus how concepts central to the modern democratic political imaginary are interpreted in India, this book elaborates the ways that ideas of freedom, equality and difference are layered with new meanings and how questions of religion and state, critical reason and embedded self are understood in the Indian context.

Part of Zed’s World Political Theories series, this remarkable work offers a glimpse of the social and political life of contemporary India, and how it differs from the dominant liberal paradigm.

Author Bio

Gurpreet Mahajan is a professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Indian political theory: beyond cultural essentialism
  • 2. Equality
  • 3. Freedom
  • 4. Religion
  • 5. Diversity
  • 6. The language of democratic discourse

Reviews

'A welcome text for specialists and general readers alike.'
Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

'A nuanced and critical introduction to the ideas that frame the world's largest democracy.'
Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University

'A brilliant, lucid account of how to get beyond the "imperialism of categories" to a voice that can articulate political ideas that are culturally authentic yet open to the other.'
Susanne and Loyd Rudolph, University of Chicago

'An important statement from one of the foremost Indian political theorists.'
Rajeev Bhargava, Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

Details

Publication Date: 10 October 2013
192 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781780320922
Hardback: 9781780320939
eBook ePub: 9781780325163
eBook PDF: 9781780320946
eBook Kindle: 9781780329000

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