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To Kill A Democracy: India's Passage to Despotism

Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane


Combining poignant life stories with sharp scholarly insight, this book rejects the belief that India was once a beacon of democracy but is now being ruined by the destructive forces of Modi-style populism. The book details the much deeper historical roots of the present-day assaults on civil liberties and democratic institutions. Democracy, the authors also argue, is much more than elections and the separation of powers. It is a whole way of life lived in dignity, and that is why they pay special attention to the decaying social foundations of Indian democracy. In compelling fashion, the book ... More

Keywords: India, democracy, Indian democracy, populism, social injustices, Indian elections, despotism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debasish Roy Chowdhury, author
Award-winning journalist based in Hong Kong

John Keane, author
Professor of Politics, University of Sydney

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