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In This Lively Collection Of Essays, Ashutosh Varshney Analyses The Deepening Of Indian Democracy Since 1947 And The Challenges This Has Created The Overview Traces The Forging And Consolidation Of India S Improbable Democracy.Other Essays Examine Themes Ranging From Hindu Nationalism, Caste Politics And Ethnic Conflict To The North South Economic Divergence And Politics Of Economic Reforms.The Book Offers Original Insights On Several Key Questions How Federalism Has Handled Linguistic Diversity Thus Far, And Why Governance And Regional Underdevelopment Will Drive The Formation Of New States Now How Coalition Making Induces Ideological Moderation In The Politics Of The BJP How The Political Empowerment Of The Dalits Has Not Ensured Their Economic Transformation How The Social Revolution In The South Led To Its Overtaking The North And How The 1991 Economic Reforms Succeeded Because They Affected Elite, Not Mass, Politics.Lucid And Erudite, Battles Half Won Brilliantly Portrays The Successes And Failures Of India S Experience In A New, Comparative Perspective, Enriching Our Understanding Of The Idea Of Democracy. Battles Half Won

About the Author: Ashutosh Varshney

Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, and Watson Institute of International Studies Director, Brown India Initiative, Brown University EDUCATION Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA Ph.D in Political Science.S.M in Political Science Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India M.Phil Studies, School of Int

10 thoughts on “Battles Half Won

  1. says:

    Brilliantly argued and most incisive analysis presented on the polity of India There are a plenty of places where the author s arguments leave you affected with patriotism and goosebumps Next to Ramachandra Guha s India after Gandhi , Sunil Khilnani s Idea of India , this is the best book to understand and appreciate the evolution of India as a democracy A full blown review soon.

  2. says:

    Very insightful perspectives on the idea of Indian nationalism, the success and failure of India s federal project and the expanding social cleavages of an evolving continent like polity That India has survived as a robust political experiment and continues to grow and thrive despite its poverty and deeply hierarchical social structures is a product of its unwavering commitment to democracy, even if i

  3. says:

    Lots of refreshing insights on the working of Indian democracy and federalism Ashutosh Varshney is mandatory reading to understand the Indian political system better.

  4. says:

    I ve learnt deep insights on our Nation s journey since Independence.

  5. says:

    A lot of this is a rehash of things Varshney has written elsewhere I found the chapters on the trade offs between economic performance and democracy rather boring However, there are some good chapters on the differences in caste political dynamics between north and south India, the lack of Dalit entrepreneurship and the political economy of the reforms pursued under Rao and Vajpayee.

  6. says:

    Excellent read, especially on the eve of India s most monumental elections.Sharp, crisp arguments Intellectually sound, and backed by adequate data Balanced perspective, gives fresh ideas.

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