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The Burden of DemocracyCrisis of accountability have together impeded collective action to achieve such an end To recover the sense o. A delightful albeit slightly difficult read only because of the various aspects that the author has so skillfully wrapped in a nutshell of this essay The points are extremely well made and the book leaves you with a perspective that you cannot unsee a lens that will probably inject itself over everything you see in the Indian context from here on That's what it did for me atleast The author hits the nail on the head and brings out behaviors and practices in India which hide in plain sight The dance od democracy that he has woven through simple narratives of everyday life in this vastly diverse landmass is a pleasure to witness when experienced through the approaches described in this book From a beginner's perspective it gives you a comprehensive idea about all that is right and wrong with the democratic implementation in India all the while not leaning too heavily on either side despite being titled a little negatively Read it to understand Indian democracy specifically its exceptional merits and its seemingly inevitable pitfalls

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Positing the uest for self respect as democracys deepest apsiration this essay explores how ineuality and the. In 1947 Indian democracy came into existence the most radical change the subcontinent had ever experienced This brought with it a lot of hope and optimism but also many challenges One of the biggest challenges being the inheritance of a largely inegalitarian society Indian experience of democracy has been different from other mature democracies in the sense that Indian society experienced political revolution before undergoing a social revolution The inheritance and persistence of a deeply uneual society according to the author has been the achilles heel of Indian democracy An insightful analysis that wrestles with many pertinent issue that plague our democracy Mehta in this very intense study of Indian democracy examines the Indian psyche both at an individual and collective level He argues that the persistence of these multiple interests groupscastes communities economic groups etc and the failure of our politics to instill a truly democratic culture has prevented and continues to prevent India from realising its full potential In the process he criticizes Congress For it's inability to use it's early influence by using the state to bring about truly lasting changes and also for conseuently creating a statist culture while also warning us of the possible threat of Hindu nationalismwell we all know how that ends For a society that constitutes multiple interest groups constantly competing amongst themselves for power and resources formation of a common ideology and vision is constantly lacking The author explores this theme and it's effects on our social interactions as well as our interactions with the state Mehta has managed to compress his analysis of individual society state and politics in this essay It would be interesting to read a follow up that analyses these issues in the light of the massive developments in the Indian political scene ie the rise of Hindu nationalism

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The Burden of Democracy characters ¾ 104 ß Positing the uest for self respect as democracys deepest apsiration this essay explores how ineuality and the crisis of accountability have together impeded collective action to achieve such an end To recover the sense of moral well being and responsibility the author suggests is the core of the deF moral well being and responsibility the author suggests is the core of the democratic challenge before India. A uniue take on the way democratic process has evolved in the context of India Rather than getting into the intricacies of institutional and structural difficulties which impedes the functioning of democracy Mehta primarily focuses this account on the idea of self and how it finds different expressions in the context of India It’s of a moral psychological account of Indian democracy A fresh perspective indeed Not to be missed