Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi chairs PEN International’s Writers-in-Prison Committee. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009), The Colonel: Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy (Aleph, 2014, and Yale, 2016); and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar, 2016). He is working on a book about Gujaratis and lives in London.

The End of Indian Exceptionalism

For many years, the discourse on democracy worldwide looked at India as an oddity, an exception. Conventional political theory suggested that a country was democratic if it was reasonably prosperous. There was no reason to assume that economic development was a pre-condition for democratic form of government, but there was sufficient evidence, through correlation, which …

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