Under Nehru’s Leadership, India’s First Elections Upheld Plurality, Rejected Communalism – The Wire

(The column first appeared in The Wire on February 24, 2022)

Any perceptive observer of Indian politics can make two comments about Indian democracy without any fear of contradiction: democracy in India is doing badly; and it is doing rather well. It is doing badly in that democratic institutions have fallen by the wayside and are in grave risk of either atrophy or of being appropriated by undemocratic elements…

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