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Federal India: A Design for Change

Bewildered India: Identity, Pluralism, Discord

Early Muslim Perception of India and Hinduism

Rethinking Indian Federalism

Pluralism, Linorities, National Integration: Problems and Prospects

Paradoxes of Partition (1937-47)

Dimensions of Federal Nation

Perspectives on Human Rights

Coalition Politics and Power Sharing

Constitutional Nation Building: Half A Century of India’s Success

Environmental Management And Federalism: The Indian Experience

Nation and Minorities: India's Plural Society and its Constituents

Federalism within the Union: Distribution of Responsibilities in the Indian System

FEDERAL INDIA: A Design for Good Governance

Federal Power Sharing: Accommodating Indian Diversity

Clouds Over Federalism: The Real Working of the Indian Polity










Rasheeduddin Khan



The book is a systematic attempt at understanding and interpreting India as a unique mosaic of pluralism. Countless parts and processes have contributed to the making of contemporary India. This is an attempt to throw light on them so as to comprehend the complexities involved in building a modern federal nation. India's continental polity, subsumes gigantic pluralities of regions, languages, religions and ethnicities. With such a formidable size, it has also a depth of history - a continuing uninterrupted civilization spanning over 5000 years.

The study presents new formulations, different from the conventional assumptions. It highlights five core themes of vital contemporary relevance -- nation-building process in South Asia and national identity; dimensions of pluralism; critical aspects of the Muslim reality in India; looming challenges of communalism, discord, and violence; and problems of building a secular polity and national integration. The need to emphasis the values of composite culture was probably never greater than it is today and this is exactly what the author with erudition, rationality and patriotic passion, has tried to project in Bewildered India. This should stimulate more systematic research and promote positive inter-religious dialogue. The Indian canvas needs the colour of love, not that of blood, for it to shine as a portrait of co-existence, compassion, humanism and collective prosperity.

Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi: 1994
ISBN No. 81-241-0189-X Rs.350/-

Contents :

Identity and Pluralism
1. Political Mosaic of the Contemporary World
2. The Concept of Nation: Its European origin and its Third World context.
3. Nation-building in South Asia.
4. Socio-Ethnic dimensions of India's Pluralism.
5. The Context of Socio-Economic Transformation.
6. Indian Muslims: Dimensions and Problems.
7. Pitribhumi-Punyabhumi: Muslim Perception of India.
8. Towards understanding Hinduism: Reflections of some eminent Muslims.
9. Communalism: Its origin, Charactor, ramifications and challenges.
10. Violence and Communal riots in India.
11. The Ayodhya Episode: Communal belligerence.
Secular Polity
12. Problems and Aspects of Secular Polity in India.
13. The Imperative of National Integration.
14. The Heritage of Jawaharlal Nehru.



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