About the Book
In this book, an attempt is made to study the evolution of democracy in India and Nehru’s contribution to its growth and sustenance. As one of the most outstanding leaders in Indian public life during that period, his political ideas had a vital bearing on the development of the Indian polity and countries of Third World. His pragmatic approach led him to apply a novel variation of socialist economic planning to India’s industrial economy. It was a combination of free enterprise and state-controlled economy avoiding either of the two extremes. He termed it a middle way or a mixed economy. This book explores three major tasks – political democracy, economic democracy and socio-religious democracy which was taken up by Jawaharlal in seven chapters. Therefore, to analyse his political ideas, principles, programme of actions and intellectual thrust, this book will be considered as fruitful.
About the Author
Dr. Minhaj Alam is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Governance and Development Studies, Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa. Prior to joining Hawassa University, he has served as Academic Associate in Hamdard IAS Study Circle, Hamdard University, New Delhi. He completed his Masters and Doctorate from Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. His academic and research interest spans subjects such as Political Theory & Liberalism, Democracy, Human Rights, Governance & Development, Minority Rights, Conflict Studies, Nehru Studies. His current research interests mainly revolve around socio-economic and political issues concerning different regions of Ethiopia. He has contributed articles in national reputed journals such as “Nehru’s Contribution to Democracy” in Indian Journal of Politics, Department of Political Science, AMU, Aligarh and to several reputed portals. He has participated in several National and International Seminars. He has been awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (Doctoral Studies) from Centre For Nehru Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh; “Academic Excellency Award” from Indian Oil Corporation, Brauni Refinery, Begusarai, Bihar; “Best Organizer Award” from Amity India (Aligarh Chapter). In India, he was associated with several institutions and organizations (NGOs) which have provided him with an inter-disciplinary approach towards the study of social and economic problems.