India's Democracy and its Critics

31 July 2013

In the opening pages of “The Indian Ideology” Perry Anderson criticises leading Indian scholars for uncritical and inflated claims of India being a successful, indeed exceptional, democracy.  Our subaltern historians and political analysts on the extreme left are equally dismissive.  Many of the idealistic young turn to militancy persuaded that democracy is no more than a facade for an authoritarian Indian state.  The radical critique deserves more extended consideration than it has received...........