Book Name: Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative
Book Author: Ashwani Kumar
Challenged and vibrant at the same time; noisy yet deafeningly silent on critical issues in the same instance and successful yet inefficient in matching the steps of a young nation—are dichotomies that succinctly sum up the state of Indian democracy today.
The book, Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative goes beyond semantics and critically analyses issues of fundamental importance in the framework of the dignitarian goals of the republic, the necessity of equilibrium between the role of a ‘living Constitution’, executive, legislature and judiciary, importance of equitable growth, the role of media, a responsive justice system and a rising India’s engagement with the world.
It provides a statesman’s perspective on addressing challenges and optimising responses with a view to transforming our democracy as a true reflection of the collective conscience of the nation. Seeking to espouse a non-partisan view, the author Ashwani Kumar, a distinguished lawyer, former parliamentarian and union minister—provides not only a practitioner’s view on challenges faced by Indian democracy in the 21st century but also a thinker’s substantive vision of the qualities of democratic leadership across the world.