By Niraja Gopal Jayal

Breaking new flooring in scholarship, Niraja Jayal writes the 1st heritage of citizenship within the greatest democracy within the world―India. not like the mature democracies of the west, India begun as a real republic of equals with a posh structure of citizenship rights that was once delicate to the various hierarchies of Indian society. during this provocative biography of the defining aspiration of recent India, Jayal exhibits how the innovative civic beliefs embodied within the structure were challenged by means of exclusions in response to social and fiscal inequality, and infrequently additionally, sarcastically, undermined by way of its personal rules of inclusion.

Citizenship and Its Discontents explores a century of contestations over citizenship from the colonial interval to the current, reading evolving conceptions of citizenship as felony prestige, as rights, and as id. The early optimism new India might be formed out of an unequal and numerous society resulted in a officially inclusive felony club, an impulse to social and monetary rights, and group-differentiated citizenship. at the present time, those rules to create a civic group of equals are wasting aid in a weather of social intolerance and vulnerable cohesion. as soon as noticeable via Western political scientists as an anomaly, India this day is a website the place each significant theoretical debate approximately citizenship is being enacted in perform, and person who no worldwide dialogue of the topic can have the funds for to ignore.

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