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Government as Practice
Democratic Left in a Transforming India


Part of South Asia in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107102262

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  • The democratic Left in India is in crisis. During the first decade of this century it slid from its highest parliamentary presence to virtual irrelevance. A key to its retrieval, this book argues, lies in its ability to imagine a new popular politics for reinventing its democratic credentials beyond electoral posturing. In this respect, much can be learnt from the Left's governmental practices as they have evolved since the late 1960s, crafting a unique blend of politics, policy, idealism, practicality, vision and delivery. By looking at the problematics of government from the days of deft land reforms to messy land acquisition, this book situates 'government as practice' as a prism for critical thinking on democratic politics in postcolonial India. Grounded in empirical and archival research, the book will be useful for those who are passionate as well as sceptical about the revival potentials of a new Left in India's fast-changing political economy.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107102262
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Inception: government as practice
    2. Consolidation: land reforms
    3. Agency: school teachers
    4. Machinery: party society
    5. Implosion: Singur, Nandigram
    Appendix 1. The Left through elections
    Appendix 2. Local governance and electability

  • Author

    Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya works at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was previously Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship, a Nehru Cambridge Trust Scholarship, a Churchill College Honorary Fellowship and a DAAD Fellowship, he has held visiting positions at Claremont University, USA; Massey University, New Zealand; and Gottingen University, Germany.

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