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India: An idiosycratic democracy

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India is widely regarded as the world’s largest democracy and, certainly, democratic practices within it are strongly developed with elections held at every level of government and, it often seems, every other week. Yet India’s social order remains marked by hierarchy, patriarchy and casteism and it is among the most economically unequal societies on earth. How do we explain this paradox and what do Indians themselves understand by the concept of democracy?

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