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The Great Indian Rope Trick: Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India?
Roderick Matthews

Classification : Politics & Current Affairs
Pub Date : Feb 15, 2016
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 378
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789351950011
Price : 399

About the book

When India shook off the chains of colonial rule in 1947, predictions abounded on how long it would take for the world's largest democracy to fall apart. The new nation appeared to be too large and too diverse to be held together by a powerful centre, and some argued that it was an artificial creation that would soon break apart at the seams.

Yet, more than 60 years and 16 general elections later, and through conflict, poverty, wars, famines, natural disasters, communal riots and separatist movements, nothing has stopped the Indian juggernaut from rolling on. Amid the chaos of 800 million voters and more than 8,000 candidates, the 2014 mandate marked yet another turn in India's continuing tryst with democracy.

In this testament to the resilience and indomitability of the Indian state, Roderick Matthews, bestselling author of Jinnah vs Gandhi, peels back layers to unveil a story that goes to the heart of this success. In exploring what it has taken for the country to overcome challenges, both external and internal, and drawing comparisons with the recent histories of India's neighbours, Matthews argues that India's constitutional foundations have allowed the nation to become the bedrock of democracy in the modern world.


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Roderick Matthews
Roderick Matthews is a freelance writer specializing in Indian history. Born in 1956, he studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, and has written articles and reviews for a number of British...(+)
Books by Roderick Matthews
Jinnah vs Gandhi (PB)
Jinnah vs. Gandhi (HB)
The Great Indian Rope Trick: Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India? (HB)