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Democracy and Its Institutions

André Béteille


Democracy was inspired by the lofty ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. These ideals led many countries to challenge the absolutist monarchies of the past. In Europe, democratic ideals and values grew in response to the oppressive rule of absolutist monarchs. In India, the idea of democracy came with colonial rule but conferred subjecthood without citizenship on the Indian people. Colonial rule kindled the aspiration of Indians to become a nation of free and equal citizens and led to the formation of a political party, the Indian National Congress. This book exp ... More

Keywords: India, democracy, political institutions, Parliament, state legislatures, civil society, Supreme Court, high courts, castes and communities, pluralism and liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198080961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198080961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Béteille, author
University of Delhi