India has always been a land of contrasts and marvels. Today it contrives to be a functioning democracy in the midst of a society that remains inherently hierarchical. In order to grasp this paradox in all its dimensions, Jean Alphonse Bernard resolved to revisit the realities of India now in the company of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59). Tocqueville in India explores the enduring dialogue between the State and Society. Following neither Fukuyama nor Huntingdon, this book should attract the attention of those concerned by Indian issues as well as every reader interested in political philosophy or world affairs.
About the Author
JEAN ALPHONSE BERNARD’S career in the French Treasury Department took him to New York, Copenhagen, Moscow, New Delhi (1960-64) and Kuwait. He returned to India after retirement and has since devoted many years to a study of politics in the subcontinent and political philosophy in general. The author of a number of books and articles in India in French, he wrote Tocqueville in India in English in order to present it directly to the broadest possible audience.