Ornit Shani is senior lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her new book How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise tells the untold story of the preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of universal adult franchise in the world’s largest democracy.
Here are a few interesting facts from the book we bet you didn’t know.
The Impediment of the Bureaucratic Colonial Imagination
Registering Partition Refugees
Universal Franchise connected the Indian people to the idea of a nation
The birth of the electoral roll during the mayhem of Partition
Disciplining the Federal structure
The Limits of Inclusion
How many facts did you know already?