An Indian Political Life: Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1937 to 1961 (The Politics of Northern India)

An Indian Political Life: Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1937 to 1961 (The Politics of Northern India)

By: Paul R. Brass (author)Hardback

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An Indian Political Life: Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1937 to 1961 focuses on the role of Charan Singh in the politics of the period while providing a broader perspective on the major issues, controversies, and developments of the time. The book is the result of a careful study of Charan Singh's personal collection of political files coupled with a series of extensive interviews with politicians, public personalities, and local people. It provides an account of the principal issues and events of the period, including Hindu-Muslim relations, the conflict between the Nehruvian goal of rapid industrialization and the desires of those favoring primary attention to agriculture, issues of law and order, the rise of corruption and criminality in politics, the place of caste and status in a modernizing society, and the pervasive factional politics characteristic of the era. This work is much more than the biography of an important politician; it is also an analysis of issues, movements, and political conflicts that marked the late pre-Independence and early post-Independence era. This book is the first volume of a multi-volume work on The Politics of Northern India: 1937 to 1987.

About Author

Paul R Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published numerous books and articles on comparative and South Asian politics, ethnic politics, and collective violence. His work has been based on extensive field research in India during numerous visits since 1961. He has been a University of Washington faculty member and Professor, Department of Political Science, and The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies since 1965. He received his BA in 1958, Government, Harvard College; his MA in 1959, Political Science, University of Chicago; and his PhD in 1964, Political Science, University of Chicago. His teaching specializations include: comparative politics (South Asia), ethnicity and nationalism, as well as collective violence. Prof. Brass has received Fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, 1994-95; Faculty Research Fellowships, American Institute of Indian Studies: 1993, 1982- 83, 1973, 1966-76; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1972-73; Grants for Research on South Asia, American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, 1966-67, 1973-74, 1977-78, 1982-83, amongst others. In 2008, Brass received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Emeritus Fellowship. In 2012, Professor Brass was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship grant for the academic year 2012-13, which allowed him to carry out further research in India during his stay of nine months. During that period he was affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Developing societies, Delhi.


Preface Chronology of Principal Events in the Life of Charan Singh I: INTRODUCTION: An Indian Political Life II: BEGINNINGS: Social Origins, Early Life, and Beginning of a Political Career Partition and Hindu-Muslim Relations III: TOWN VERSUS THE VILLAGE: Discrimination against the Village: Reservation of 60 Percent of Places in Government Jobs for Agriculturists (1939-62) Transformation of the Agricultural Economy of Northern India: Land Reforms and Charan Singh's Defence of Peasant Agriculture (1946-60) Urban Development and the Peasantry: Land Acquisition in Ghaziabad and the Cultivators (1950-2009) IV: LAW AND ORDER, CORRUPTION, AND CRIMINALITY IN POST-INDEPENDENCE UTTAR PRADESH: Corruption and Anti-Corruption (1947-51) Integrity and Reputation in a Corrupt System (1948-57) Origins of the "Permit-License-Quota Raj" (1949) Land Grabbing and Land Development in the Tarai (1952-55) The Political Economy of the Hindu Joint Family (1959) Political Parties and Crime in Early Post-Independence Uttar Pradesh (1954-61) V: STATUS, HIERARCHY, AND GENDER: A Death in the Family: Status, Hierarchy, and Gender in the Indian Bureaucratic System (1950) Vi: CASTE, FACTION, AND PARTY : Caste, "Casteism," and "Communalism" before and after the First General Elections (1947-56) The Struggle for Control of Meerut District (1954-56) The Leader and His Followers: Loyalty, Betrayal, and Trust (1949-69) Resignation After Resignation: Charan Singh in the Governments of Pandit Pant and Dr Sampurnanand (1947-59) VII: CONCLUSION: Power, Principle, and Policy Appendix Glossary Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9788132106869
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 612
  • ID: 9788132106869
  • ISBN10: 8132106865

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