India: Democracy and Violence

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

EditorSamir Kumar Das

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Violence is usually located outside the democratic domain. Its recurrence is understood as a direct threat to democracy. Democracies are called upon to "manage", "tackle", or "deal with" it, not necessarily through democratic means. Today, democracy is sought to be 'exported' across continentsby waging war on countries that, according to the exporting countries of the West, are yet to become democratic.This book contests and demystifies the celebrationist understanding of democracy and argues that violence is embedded in democracy as much as democracy is embedded in violence. Their interconnected existence has only made democracy violent and violence one of the many ways of trying to make ademocracy work. So, more of democracy does not necessarily mean less of violence and vice versa. Viewed in this light, this book examines the connection as organic and one of mutually spiralling nature. Democratic institutions and violence are thus implicated in an endless dialogue andconfrontation. The alternative to democracy can only be a better democracy.

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Violence is usually located outside the democratic domain. Its recurrence is understood as a direct threat to democracy. Democracies are called upon to "manage", "tackle", or "deal with" it, not necessarily through democratic means. Today, democracy is sought to be 'exported' across continentsby waging war on countries that, according ...

Samir Kumar Das is Professor of Political Science, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199451834

ISBN - 13:9780199451838

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PrefaceSamir Kumar Das: IntroductionPart I: Contest over Sovereignty1. Partha Pratim Shil: Towards Postcolonial Statehood: Constabulary Strikes and the Question of Colonial 'Inheritance', British India 1945-72. Suhit K. Sen: Indian National Congress and the Bureaucracy: Contesting Sovereignty after the Transfer of PowerPart II: Citizens and the Equals3. Ranabir Samaddar: The Violent Foundations of Citizenship4. Samir Kumar Das: 'Equality amongst Equals': Reflections on Political Institutions and Violence in Contemporary IndiaPart III: Law as Violence5. Ashok Agrwaal: Inclusion as Violence6. Mayur Suresh: Reading Life and Death into the Legal TextPart IV: Movements at Home and Outside7. Samita Sen and Nandita Dhawan: Addressing Domestic Violence: Changing Strategies within the Women's Movement, Kolkata 1980-20108. Sibaji Pratim Basu: The Chronicle of a Forgotten Movement: West Bengal - 1959 RevisitedIndexNotes on the Editor and Contributors