Political Change in South Asia

Political Change in South Asia

Political Change in South Asia

Political Change in South Asia

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Although the title of this book and of its first essay refers to South Asia, this volume is primarily concerned with political change in India. But both because it is impossible to speak historically of India without reference to the areas now in Pakistan, and because a comparison with political change in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Ceylon sharpens our perspective of Indian political developments, all three countries of South Asia find a place in these pages.

An earlier version of the first essay in this volume was published originally as a chapter in The Politics of the Developing Areas, edited by Gabriel A. Almond and James S. Coleman (Princeton University Press, 1960). I wish to express my appreciation to Princeton University Press for granting permission to publish this slightly enlarged version in an Indian edition. The essay is intended as an analytical rather than historical interpretation of political change in the three countries of South Asia. I have not, therefore, described the most recent political developments, except insofar as they raise general questions about fundamental changes taking place.

The essay, "India's Two Political Cultures" was prepared in mid-1962 for the Committee on Comparative Politics of the Social Science Research Council in the United States. A revised version will be published shortly by the SSRC in a volume of essays on political development. Again, I wish to express my appreciation to the Council for permitting me to publish this version at this time.

The two essays, "Changing Patterns of Political Leadership in West Bengal" and "Notes on Political Development in West Bengal" were prepared for a seminar on state politics in India sponsored by the South Asia Committee of the Association of Asian Studies in April 1961. Portions of the former essay were published earlier in Pacific Affairs in September 1959.

The remaining essays in this volume were published in various journals in the United States. "Struggle against Power" appeared in World Politics in April 1956; "The Struggle for Equality in India . . ."

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