Category Archives: Democracy

Andre Beteille: A Right for Every Season

Fifty year after Independence, India’s record as shown by some of  basic social indicators of development is dismally poor. The spotlight is now on failures on the front for elementary education, and there has been much public recrimination. Educationists have … Continue reading

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The importance of Rights

From “Democracy in America”, by Alexis de Tocqueville. Chapter 16. After the idea of virtue, I know no higher principle than that of right; or, to speak more accurately, these two ideas are commingled in one. The idea of right … Continue reading

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Village republics, Andre Beteille

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/2002/09/03/stories/2002090300901000.htm THE INDIAN intelligentsia has somewhat mixed attitudes towards the Indian village. While educated Indians are inclined to think or at least speak well of the village, they do not show much inclination for the company of villagers. The late … Continue reading

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Democracy in Bihar, Andre Beteille

The return of Nitish Kumar as the chief minister of Bihar has been welcomed by many as a good augury for democracy and development in the state. Bihar has had more than its fair share of misfortune in the last … Continue reading

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Pragmatism in Politics : Andre Beteille

by ANDRÉ BÉTEILLE As society and politics have changed in India in the last sixty years, our perceptions of them have also changed. Because the changes have been gradual and incremental and not sudden or dramatic, as in China, we … Continue reading

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Trajactory of Democracy : Andre Beteille

by Andre Beteille, Telegraph; Jan 03, 2012 More than sixty years after the attainment of Independence, democracy has come to stay in India. Today, this is widely acknowledged both within and outside the country. At the same time, it must … Continue reading

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Trials of Indian Democracy : Andre Beteille (1999)

Indian democracy has been sailing through troubled waters in the last couple of decades. It  is not that there were no problems in the first quarter century after independence. But these problems began to show an increasingly acute form with … Continue reading

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