TITLE

THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY IN INDIA

AUTHOR(S)
Weiner, Myron
PUB. DATE
July 1962
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul62, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p644
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the principle of equality in India. The principle of equality is having a revolutionary effect on life in contemporary India. The impact is more dramatic there than elsewhere because perhaps no other major society in recent history has known inequalities so gross or so long preserved. In the traditional civilizations of Islam and China, the ideal if not always the practice of equality had an honorable and often commanding place in the culture. Remote roots of what social equality exists can be found in medieval Islam as it affected the subcontinent, and in the development of hakii or devotional tradition in medieval Hinduism, which sought to stress the notion of equality before God. With virtually no debate, the principle of political equality was enshrined in the constitution when all adults, literate or illiterate, were given the right to vote. The initial effect was the further extension and intensification of party political organization, especially in rural areas.
ACCESSION #
14719270

 

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