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About The Book
How India Became Democratic tells the untold story of the preparation ofthe electoral roll on the basis of universal adult franchise in the world slargest democracy and offers a new view of the way democracy capturedthe political imagination of its diverse peoples.
Indians became voters before they were citizens-by the time theconstitution came into force in 1950, the notion of universal franchiseand electoral democracy were already grounded. Drawing on rich archivalmaterials, Shani shows how the Indian people were a driving force in themaking of democratic citizenship as they struggled for their voting rights.
About The Author
Ornit Shani is senior lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies,University of Haifa.