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How India Became Democratic

How India Became Democratic

Citizenship And The Making Of The Universal Franchise

Ornit Shani
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‘A subtle and impressive work of scholarship, which breaks new ground in the history of modern India’–Ramachandra Guha

How India Became Democratic tells the untold story of the preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of universal adult franchise in the world’s largest democracy and offers a new view of the way democracy captured the political imagination of its diverse peoples.

Indians became voters before they were citizens–by the time the constitution came into force in 1950, the notion of universal franchise and electoral democracy were already grounded. Drawing on rich archival materials, Shani shows how the Indian people were a driving force in the making of democratic citizenship as they struggled for their voting rights.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Dec/2021

ISBN: 9780143455660

Length : 304 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

How India Became Democratic

Citizenship And The Making Of The Universal Franchise

Ornit Shani

‘A subtle and impressive work of scholarship, which breaks new ground in the history of modern India’–Ramachandra Guha

How India Became Democratic tells the untold story of the preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of universal adult franchise in the world’s largest democracy and offers a new view of the way democracy captured the political imagination of its diverse peoples.

Indians became voters before they were citizens–by the time the constitution came into force in 1950, the notion of universal franchise and electoral democracy were already grounded. Drawing on rich archival materials, Shani shows how the Indian people were a driving force in the making of democratic citizenship as they struggled for their voting rights.

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Ornit Shani

Ornit Shani is senior lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa.

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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 […]