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Unformatted text preview: The Largest Democracy If you hear the media talk about "the world's largest democracy", you can be assured that it refers to the modern Republic of India: it is the world's most populous democratic state, with 1.17 billion inhabitants (nearly four times the size of the next-largest contender, the United States ). There are 23 official languages in India, 13 of which are spoken as a mother tongue by at least 10 million people. 1,652 dialects and it contains within it the highest Hindu population, the second most populous Muslim population, and significant Christian, Sikh and Jain minorities. One would think India would either fall apart or become dominated by a dictator/military-industrial complex and cease being a functional state. Instead, it's one of the developing world's most stable democracies, slipping into authoritarianism only once (the "Indian Emergency" from June 1975 to March 1977), and even then it took on a surprisingly mild (continuing to follow the constitutional forms and led by the duly-elected Prime Minister) and progressive (it was declared...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
- Winter '09