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DetailsGreat Indian Rope Trick : Does The Future Democracy Lie With India?In the mythical Indian rope trick, the rope stands straight up. Onlookers know, however, that the rope is staying up because the fakir wills it to stay up. India s democracy is much the same. Some observers have found it hard to see how it could support itself, and many have expected it to fall. But it will stand if Indians want it to, and use their collective will to give it strength. When India shook off the chains of colonial rule in 1947, predictions abounded on how long it would take for the worlds 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 Indias continuing tryst with democracy.What has kept the Indian system of governance ticking even as its neighbours have either become autocratic states or descended into dysfunctionality?How has India proved to the world that democracy may find its best home in the seemingly infinite mass that is the Indian population?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.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roderick Matthews is a freelance writer specializing in Indian history. Born in 1956, he studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, andhas written articles and reviews for a number of British and Indian publications, including the Observer, the Literary Review, and the Times ofIndia. His great-grandfather, George Jennings, was Principal of Muir Central College in Allahabad and tutored the young Jawaharlal Nehruthrough his Harrow entrance exams, while his wife, Maud, acted as governess to the Nehru family's two daughters. Another great-grandfather,Charles Roberts, was Under Secretary of State for India, and ordered M.K. Gandhi to return to India in late 1914 for his health, thus both savingthe Mahatma's life and inadvertently bringing down the British Empire. Roderick has his own website at historydetox.com. His first book, TheFlaws in the Jewel: Challenging the Myths of British India, was published in 2010.
SKU Code PRK B 2865 Weight in Kg 0.2900 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9789350097168 Author Name Roderick Matthews Publisher Name Hachette India