In 1948, India debated and rejected village republics as the basic building blocks of its newfound democracy. Village India after all was “a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness, and communalism,” explained Bhimrao Ambedkar, the main architect of the founding constitution. What was “the ruination of India” could not be the basis of its democracy. Decades of momentous changes since then would transform India and deepen democracy to the very same villages... Read more

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