The State of India's Democracy


The essays in The State of India's Democracy focus on India's economy, society, and politics, providing illuminating insights into the past accomplishments—and continuing challenges—of Indian democracy.

India’s Watershed Vote: The Risks Ahead

October 2014

Will the Modi government focus on the economy, or will it seek to implement a transformational Hindu-nationalist agenda?

Shifting Tides in South Asia: India and Its Neighbors

March 2014

Home to about a quarter of the world’s people, South Asia presents a murky and not very encouraging picture when it comes to democracy.

Separated at Birth?

October 2013

A review of The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan by Maya Tudor.

Corruption in India: An Enduring Threat

January 2012

Social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike has helped to turn the world’s attention to India’s rampant corruption.

India’s 2009 Elections: A Vote to Stay the Course

October 2009

Indian voters pulled off a surprise by allowing the Congress party to retain power at the head of a more coherent coalition that is far less dependent on a congeries of small regional parties.

Pakistan After Musharraf: The Burden of History

October 2008

Since its founding out of the partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan has labored in the shadow of critical choices made at that time.

Books in Review: India's Improbable Success

April 2008

A review of India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha and The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence and India's Future by Martha C. Nussbaum.

India's Unlikely Democracy: Six Decades of Independence

April 2007

By most theoretical accounts, Indian democracy should not even exist. Yet, despite serious challenges, it shows signs of enduring and even deepening.