Anxieties of Indian Democracy
One Day National Seminar on 18 January 2013
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
GOVERNMENT BRENNEN COLLEGE.
Reaccredited by NAAC with “A” Grade
Affiliated to Kannur Univesity,Kerala,India.
Hindi seminar Hall
Seminar Concept Note
The national seminar on ‘Anxieties of Indian Democracy’ addresses crucial questions about the functioning of Indian democracy and the seemingly intractable problems facing it. The survival of Indian democracy for well over half a century is in many ways a remarkable achievement. However, no one can deny that the country's contemporary socio-economic and political problems are complex. There are a number of serious challenges that needs to be sorted out in the years ahead.
The twentieth century has witnessed a tremendous reinforcement of the concept of democracy. In a period of about one hundred years, the virtues of democracy have been greatly extolled and the world has witnessed a process of democratisation. In the sixty six years since its inception, Indian democracy too has developed indigenous roots and is emerging as a unique example of parliamentary democracy. The important question today is not the survival of Indian democracy, but the nature of India's democratic politics. The present seminar is an attempt to understand the development of democratic polity in India. It covers a wide range of issues, theoretical concepts, political institutions, federalism, electoral process, individual and group rights and mass media drawing attention to the significant broadening of Indian democracy.
Critical issues to be examined include the persistence of elitism in contrast to the ideals of constitutional democracy, the severe decline of probity in public life, the gulf between the rulers and the ruled, the paradox between public faith in the political process of democracy and the failure of institutions, the dangers of judicial governance, the relationship between democracy and education, and the adverse consequences of unbridled economic liberalisation and globalisation, the development process and the rights of indigenous peoples, caste oppression, patriarchy and gender discrimination, the centralised structure of political parties and enduring “dynasticisation”, mounting corruption, underdevelopment, inequality, and comprehensive security.
Indeed, a question comes on most lips is: Are we facing breakdown or is this an enormously difficult transition from the ‘basic democracy’ phase to a functioning democratic one? Are we capable of preserving democracy? Are we deepening and broadening it by moving to a more inclusive brand of politics? If our Political participation has widened? Whether Electoral alternation has intensified? If civil society strengthened?
Despite greater journey in more than six decades, there seem many lapses and bottom cracks. The benefits of political democracy are yet to reach the masses, political institutions are dominated by the elite, civil society has been politicised and the interventionist state has become an arm of the elite. The solution to these problems lies in further democratisation of democracy and the political process.
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Biju P R,
Department of Political Science ,
Government Brennen College, Thalassery,
Kannur ,Kerala. 670 106,
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