Examining the processes of state formation and consolidation, and the erosion of the post-colonial state, this book highlights three themes: the constraints of modernization; the contradictory logic of modernization vis-a-vis assertive political identities; and the politics of the governed and the battle for equal status at the level of the state. It sees the present crisis of the Indian state as a direct result of the post-colonial state's inability to grapple with the social and multicultural realities of the Indian polity, thus making way for various religious, caste and regional frictions to surface.
PART ONE: STATE BUILDING
The Modern State in India
Development Planning and the Indian State
PART TWO: STRUCTURES OF DOMINANCE
A Marxist Approach to Understanding the Indian State
The State in India's Economic Development
The Political Economy of Reform in India
The Decline of the Moderate State
Centralization and Powerlessness
Decline of a Social Order
PART THREE: STATE PROCESSES
Changing Terms of Elite Discourse
Gender Politics, Legal Reform and the Muslim Community in India
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