By Ben Dupré

ISBN-10: 1848660839

ISBN-13: 9781848660830

At a time of corrosive well known cynicism and profound overseas unease, the necessity for readability over the elemental strategies of politics hasn't ever been larger: the forces of Terrorism and Fundamentalism endanger our Security, whereas govt responses to it pose a easy chance to Liberty, Democracy and Human rights. Corruption, Spin and a suspect Political tradition arouse public indignation, that's additional annoyed by means of an array of Pressure groups and the far-from-disinterested attentions of the Mass media.

In 50 Political principles you really want to Know, Ben Dupré clears away the murk that obscures key options that we forget about at our peril.

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Thereafter the Indira magic began to unravel, and she went the way many charismatic populists tend to, succumbing to autocratic temptations. In Indira Gandhi’s case, the autocratic turn led in short order to resorting to open dictatorship. By 1974 the euphoria of 1971–1972 was wearing thin, and the high hopes aroused by the promise to abolish poverty were yielding to a growing sense of disillusionment, among the middle and laboring classes alike, with poor economic conditions and the lack of a purposive development agenda.

Indira Gandhi’s regional woes worsened in February 1983. Since 1979 Assam—by far the largest of seven states in India’s volatile northeast, a multiethnic frontier region bordered by Myanmar, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, and prone to chronic ethnic violence and insurgency—had been in the throes of a student-led protest movement. This movement, based among the state’s ethnic Assamese, the largest segment of the state’s population, was driven by their worry that large-scale illegal immigration into Assam over many years, mainly by Bengali-speaking Muslims from Bangladesh, was irrevocably altering the state’s demography and undermining the language, the culture, and above all the political primacy of ethnic Assamese in their homeland.

In October 1952, Potti Sreeramalu, a devout middle-aged follower of Mahatma Gandhi, started a fast unto death with the demand that the Congress government of free India fulfill the promise to form a state in southern India’s Telugu-speaking region, which then comprised the northern part of the “Madras Presidency,” one of the administrative entities created by the British. Sreeramalu had dedicated his life to the freedom struggle and participated in such legendary events of that struggle as the Salt March of 1931 and the Quit India Movement of 1942.

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