‘India’s Founding Moment, The Constitution of A Most Surprising Democracy’ by Madhav Khosla: A Book Review

Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper 21-05

The Law and Politics Book Review Forthcoming

6 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2020 Last revised: 12 Feb 2021

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Sital Kalantry

Cornell University - Law School

Meher Dev

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 28, 2020

Abstract

India’s Founding Moment, a book by political theorist and legal scholar Madhav Khosla, is a significant contribution towards understanding the birth of modern India and the historical moment at which the Indian democracy was founded. Many works have been written about imperial ideology. Khosla’s focus is how those who were colonized responded to that ideology. Khosla counters the narrative that India’s founding moment was historically insignificant and instead argues that it was a “paradigmatic democratic experience of the twentieth century”. Instead of using the imperial ideology of political absolutism that the British had offered, Khosla argues that India’s leaders chose to create a “self-sustaining democratic politics” through political education. Based on a meticulous study of works of Indian scholars, he is able to give us a number of insights into how India addressed “The Indian Problem” of self-government and democratization.

Keywords: Book Review, India, Political Theorist, Madhav Khosla, Modern India, History, Democracy, Imperial Ideology, Colonized, political absolutism, British, self-government, democratization

Suggested Citation

Kalantry, Sital and Dev, Meher, ‘India’s Founding Moment, The Constitution of A Most Surprising Democracy’ by Madhav Khosla: A Book Review (October 28, 2020). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper 21-05, The Law and Politics Book Review Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3720534

Sital Kalantry (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

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