The Trajectory of Indian State: A Theoretical Understanding

Published date01 December 2020
DOI10.1177/0019556120983066
Date01 December 2020
The Trajectory of
Indian State:
A Theoretical
Understanding
Phulmoni Das1
Abstract
The concept of state occupies a central place in the academic discourse. The idea
of the state has been an important determinant factor in terms of analysing the
politics of the country. It is in this context this article seeks to understand the
trajectory of the Indian state. The nature of the contemporary Indian state has
undergone a dramatic change in the last few decades. The manifestation of its
changes is reflected in terms of the state’s relation with that of the society, polity
and its economy. The contested concept of nation-building and the post-colonial
state needs to be analysed in the context of the different upsurges and the move-
ments of diverse groups of people. The Indian state has witnessed discomforts
and confrontations in terms of the growing movements and assertions of subal-
terns groups of the society. The changing dimensions of the role of the state are
to be examined within this discourse.
Keywords
State, globalisation, nation-building, subaltern, autonomy, post-colonial
Introduction
The notion of state occupies an important position in contemporary academic
discourse. The concept of state has shown remarkable resurgence during the last
couple of decades despite the neo-liberal doctrine, which tries to demean the
influence of state from the forces of globalisation. Although, the forces of globali-
sation try to undermine the ability of the state to control socio-economic activities
Article
Indian Journal of Public
Administration
66(4) 481–491, 2020
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1 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Govt. Model College, Deithor, Karbianglong,
Assam.
Corresponding author:
Phulmoni Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Govt. Model College, Deithor,
Karbianglong 782480, Assam.
E-mail: phulmoni2508.das@gmail.com

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