Dynasties of India and beyond: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

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Harper Collins Publishers India, 2004 - Political Science - 363 pages
Although The Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty Alone Has Hogged The World S Attention So Far Because Of Its Uniquely Dazzling Dominance And Durability It Is Not The Only One Within India, Leave Alone The Neighboring Countries Of South Asia And Beyond. Indeed, The Number Of Clans Striding The Political Stage In The Region Is Rather Large. The Senanayakes And The Bandarnaikes Were Entrenched In Sri Lanka Well Before Indira Gandhi First Became India S Prime Minister In1966. The Bhuttos Of Pakistan Father Zulfiqar More Than Daughter Benazir Have Left Their Imprint On Their Country, Now Once Again Under Military Rule With A Civilian Fašade. In Bangladesh Politics Revolves Around The Two Competing Dynasties, One Led By Sheikh Hasina, The Orphaned Daughter Of The New Nation S Founder-President. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, And The Other By Khaleda Zia, The Widow Of General Ziaur Rahman, Its First Military Ruler. The Plethora Of Books On The Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty Have Concentrated Almost Exclusively On The Life Stories Of Jawaharlal Nehru, His Daughter Indira Gandhi And Her Son Rajiv Gandhi Who, Among Them, Ruled The Country For Thirty-Seven Of The First Forty-Two Years Since Independence. But None Of The Chroniclers Has Tried To Explain Why The Dynastic Dispensation Has Taken Such Firm Roots In This Part Of The World Or Why People Vote For Dynastic Leaders Time And Again. The Question Whether The Dynastic Phenomenon Is A Passing Phase Or Is Here To Stay Also Remains Unanswered. Inder Malhotra S Book Fills This Glaring Gap And Does So Objectively And Sensitively. He Puts The Rise Of Dynasties In The Newly Independent Countries Of South Asia In Historical Perspective, Drawing Attention To The Dynasties That Had Flourished In The Old, Established Democracies In Earlier Centuries. As He Analyses, Why In The Asian Milieu, Democratically-Elected Dynasties Are Likely To Last Much Longer Than They Did In The West. This Book Is Not Only A Perceptive Study Of The Remarkable And Complex Phenomenon Of Dynastic Rule But Also A Fascinating Account Of The India Subcontinent S Social And Political History During The Second Half Of The Twentieth Century.

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