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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Constitutional Foundations of World Peace
Article/Chapter Title:Politics and Social Transformation: Grassroots Movements in India
Editor(s):Falk, Richard A; Johansen, Robert C; Kim, Samuel S
Author(s):Sheth, D L
Publisher Name:State University of New York Press
Place of Publication:Albany, N.Y.
Date of Publication:1993
Annotation:This essay describes and assesses various “micro-movements” in India that emerged in the 1970s to compensate for the failure of mainstream institutional political processes and bodies such as legislatures, political parties, and trade unions. Looking briefly at grassroots movements that focus on human rights, ecology, and feminism respectively, Sheth argues that such groups seek further democratization and socio-political transformation and that their ultimate goal is to make the Indian state accountable to civil society.
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