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DYNASTIES OF INDIA AND BEYOND. Pakistan. Sri Lanka. Bangladesh.

Malhotra, Inder:

ISBN 10: 8172234481 / ISBN 13: 9788172234485
Editorial: HarperCollins India, 2003
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(New Delhi), Harper Collins, (2003). Cloth, remainder mark on lower edge else fine in d/w, colour and b&w illust., pp. 363. ISBN 81 7223 448 1. Political dynasties of South Asia - the Gandhis of India, Bandarnaikes of Sri Lanka and Bhuttos of Pakistan. N° de ref. de la librería 66460

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Editorial: HarperCollins India

Año de publicación: 2003

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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A perceptive study of the remarkable phenomenon of dynastic rule, and a fascinating account of the Indian subcontinent's social and political history during the second half of the twentieth century. The durability and unrivalled dominance of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty mean that it has long commanded the world's attention, and guaranteed its place in history. However, it is not the only dynasty within India, let alone the neighbouring countries of South Asia and beyond. Indeed, there is a large number of clans striding the political stage in the region -- the Senanayakes and the Bandarnaikes were entrenched in Sri Lanka well before Indira Gandhi first became India's prime minister in 1966, and the Bhuttos of Pakistan have left their imprint on the country, now once again under military rule with a civilian facade. In Bangladesh, politics revolve round 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 many 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, between them, ruled the country for thirty-seven of the first forty-two years since independence. But none has tried to explain why the dynastic dispensation has taken such firm root in this part of the world or why people vote for dynastic leaders time and again. The question of whether the dynastic phenomenon is a passing phase or whether the dynasties are here to stay also remains unanswered. Inder Malhotra's book fills this gap and does so with objectivity and sensitivity. He puts the rise of dynasties in the newly independent countries of South Asia in historical perspective, and analyses why, in the Asian milieu, democratically-elected dynasties are likely to last much longer than they did in the West.

About the Author:

Inder Malhotra is one of India's most distinguished and respected journalists. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has been the chief political commentator and later resident editor of The Statesman (1964-71), editor of The Times of India, New Delhi (1978-86), and simultaneously India correspondent of The Guardian, London and Manchester (1965-78). Equally adept in the print and electronic media, he has, since 1986, been a syndicated columnist. He combines journalism with authorship and scholarly research and is both a Nehru Fellow (1986-88) and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1992-93). His earlier publications include Indira Gandhi: A Personal and Political Biography (Hodder & Stoughton, 1989). He is now working on a book on Indian security: past, present and future.

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