Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative

Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative

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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.

About the Author

Dr Ashwani Kumar, author, an eminent lawyer, and veteran parliamentarian was the member of the Rajya Sabha for 14 consecutive years till his retirement in April 2016. During this time, he held various ministerial positions including Minister for Law and Justice, Special Envoy of PM Manmohan Singh to Japan (2013) and chaired several important parliamentary committees.

Dr Ashwani Kumar represented the Indian Government at the highest forums of diplomacy including the World Economic Forum and in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He is a former Additional Solicitor General, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, widely recognized for his eloquence as a spokesperson of the Congress Party and for the intellectual depth of his writings and parliamentary interventions.




He was honored with Honoris Causa by Punjab University Chandigarh in 2005, was a visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Trinity College Dublin (2016) and has spoken at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, University of Birmingham, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Kings College London amongst others. His publications include Laws, Ideas & Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist.

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