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To Kill A Democracy: India's Passage to Despotism
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To Kill A Democracy: India's Passage to Despotism (Hardback)

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India is heralded as the world's largest democracy. Yet, in recent years there has been growing alarm about its democratic health. To Kill a Democracy gets to the heart of the matter.





Combining poignant life stories with sharp scholarly insight, it rejects the belief that India was once a beacon of democracy but is now being ruined by the destructive forces of populism. Democracy, the authors argue, is much more than government based on elections. Instead, they pay special attention to the social emergency confronting Indian democracy. In compelling fashion, they describe daily struggles for survival and explain how great social injustices rob Indian elections of their

meaning, while at the same time feeding the decadence and iron-fisted rule of its governing institutions. Much more than a book about India, To Kill A Democracy argues that what is happening there is globally important, and not just because every second person living in a democracy is an Indian. It shows

that when democracies rack and ruin their social foundations they don't just kill off the spirit and substance of democracy. They lay the foundations for despotism.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: democracy Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 24/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9780198848608  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Debasish Roy Chowdhury has written extensively on Indian politics and society and geopolitics. A journalist based in Hong Kong, he has lived and worked in Calcutta, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, and Beijing. He is a Jefferson Fellow and a recipient of multiple prizes, including the Human Rights Press Award, the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award and the Hong Kong News Award. John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the WZB (Berlin). He is renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, and is the author of a number of distinguished books including The Life and Death of Democracy (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and The New Despotism (Harvard University Press, 2020).

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