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6 Things You Didn’t Know About How India Became Democratic

Ornit Shani is senior lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her new book How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise tells the untold story of the preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of universal adult franchise in the world’s largest democracy.
Here are a few interesting facts from the book we bet you didn’t know.
The Impediment of the Bureaucratic Colonial Imagination

Registering Partition Refugees

Universal Franchise connected the Indian people to the idea of a nation

The birth of the electoral roll during the mayhem of Partition

Disciplining the Federal structure

The Limits of Inclusion

How many facts did you know already?


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