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The Discontent in West Asia: Implications for India
Prof. Anwar Alam
Many commentators see this popular outburst as beginning of real democratic transformation of Islamic West Asian and North African Countries. Only time will testify this predicament. Given the global stake in the stability of this region and the nature of civil society-state relationship, one needs to be critical, whether this leaderless, popular outburst, though largely peaceful, has any democratic vision and will therefore lead to any genuine democratic transformation of this region or not. However, it will certainly lead to some political reform in the region in the direction of greater democratic openness, increased transparency, enhanced governance and increased popular participation.

What are the implications of ‘current Arab discontents for India? How did the Indian government react to this event?


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