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Book Title: Burden Of Democracy|
The author of the book: Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Edition: Penguin India
Date of issue: September 29th 2009
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Reader ratings: 6.1
ISBN 13: 9780143030225
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An excellent read. Very thought provoking, beautifully written, convincingly argued, and meticulously dealt with the subject in hand. It illustrated in great depth the aspects in which the Indian society is lagging and the reasons which are preventing us from making the best use of our political system.
Every Indian is bound to despair reading the utter chaos the politics is going through, and has always gone through for that matter. This short essay to a great extent explains the probable cause of this chaos which is very hard to think of otherwise. The inequality embedded in our society which forms an integral part of our personality and shapes the image we see in the mirror, the author argues, is deciding the course our democracy is taking. The main driving force for all the nuisance we see around us, is the quest for identity -- which in India is synonymous to power. Power politics, minority appeasement proposals, developmental schemes which look perfect on paper but never see the light of the day are in part because of the same problem. Politicians exploit this fact and fill their vote banks.
The problems faced by the political parties are also lavishly explained which all made perfect sense.
I have always been in a turmoil as to which of the two- left or the right appeal to me as a better system of government. But the discussion on the topic in this book has been the most productive out of the lot. The author rightly points out the drawbacks and merits of both the ideologies and leaves it to the reader to make his choice.
The book may not provide the answers to some of the most tough questions staring at us, but it surely does provide the reader with the tools that are inevitably required in order to reach some solution.
A super satirical line which I was greatly amused to read regarding the pre reform economy of India is as follows -
"India runs perfect markets and states: the only trouble is we run a market like a state, and state like a market."
One can find very amusing (and sad, beyond doubt) one-liners in the book!!
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Read information about the authorPratap Bhanu Mehta is President, Centre Policy Research, New Delhi, one of India's top think tanks. Before he started engaging with contemporary affairs, he taught political theory at Harvard, and briefly at JNU.
He has written extensively on intellectual history, political theory, law, India's social transformation and world affairs. He writes regularly for the Indian Express. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adisheshiah Prize and the Amartya Sen Prize.
He believes the purpose of writing is to provoke thinking not to provide instruction.
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