Rural/Urban Responses
Ashutosh Kumar
WHY INDIA VOTES? by Mukulika Banerjee Routledge, New Delhi, 2014, 86 pp., 495
May 2014, volume 38, No 5

India’s democracy is acknowledged and cel- ebrated, at home and abroad, especially because very few Asian, African and Latin American societies have been able to maintain liberal democratic institutions and practices. The admiration is often laced with a sense of amazement as India still lacks almost all the ingredients that are supposed to make democracy a success. For these analysts, India seems to be ‘an ideal case for testing democratic theories’ (Weiner, 1983: 51) for ‘democracy in India is a phenomenon that, by most accounts, should not have existed, flourished or indeed, long endured’ (Mehta, 2003: 2).

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