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Ted Hopf and Bentley B. Allan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190255473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255473.001.0001

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Talented Democrats in a Modern State

Talented Democrats in a Modern State

Indian National Identity in 2010, English Sources

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(p.114) 7 Talented Democrats in a Modern State
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Making Identity Count
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Jarrod Hayes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255473.003.0007

In the English sources, India is portrayed as the world’s largest democracy. Secondary discourses emphasize Gandhian or peaceful conflict resolution and construct India as a progressive, modern, and secular state that aspires to overcome regional, caste, and gender distinctions. The Indian people are portrayed as talented, creative, and innovative citizens ready to enter the global economy. However, division and corruption were seen to have shamed India. Since India strongly identifies as a democracy, it supports Western democratic ideals. While Indian national identity is tied to capitalist development and economic growth, it does not support neoliberal elements of hegemony because the country is defined as socialist rather than capitalist.

Keywords:   India, democracy, neoliberalism, development, inequality

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