The democratization of Indian politics
in India in a globalized world
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This chapter explores the democratisation of politics in India. It explains that the process of constitutional development started in the nineteenth century and culminated in the drafting and adoption of a new constitution for independent India in 1949. The founding fathers wanted India to be a liberal democracy and the constitution they adopted introduced a parliamentary system of government, universal adult suffrage, fundamental rights for all citizens and a Supreme Court to act as the guardian of the constitution. This chapter suggests that greater integration with the global economy could lead India to a more multicultural and cosmopolitan culture and a more egalitarian society.

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