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Examining the evolution of democracy in India
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September 2021, no. 435

To Kill a Democracy: India’s passage to despotism by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane

Oxford University Press, $42.95 hb, 312 pp

Important questions

Examining the evolution of democracy in India
by
September 2021, no. 435

In a recent interview, India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, was asked whether his country was heading in what his interlocutor, the Lowy Institute’s Michael Fullilove, called ‘an illiberal direction’. Bristling, Jaishankar denied the charge. India is undergoing something quite different, he argued. It is experiencing a ‘very deep democratization’. This process might be hard for outsiders to understand, but it was positive, not problematic. After decades of rule by an English-speaking, Western-educated élite, the country was at last being governed by politicians who spoke and thought and behaved like ordinary Indians.

Ian Hall reviews 'To Kill a Democracy: India’s passage to despotism' by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane

To Kill a Democracy: India’s passage to despotism

by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane

Oxford University Press, $42.95 hb, 312 pp

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