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Indian Business, State And Civil Society: Implications For Global Participation

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This chapter highlights some aspects of the manner in which Indian business emerged as a class and the relationship it sought to establish vis--vis the colonial state in the 20th century and the post colonial state after independence in 1947 and vis--vis civil society as a whole. It was precisely the fear that Congress was shifting far too much to the left, that led the capitalists to activate themselves and evolve a complex strategy which would strengthen the influence of their class perspective both in the national movement and civil society as a whole. Some elements of this strategy are indicated in the chapter. First, the business leaders were aware that their class was at no point to abandon or even be seen as abandoning the side of nationalism, whatever the fear or provocation, due to the radicalization of the national movement or the temptations offered by imperialism.

Keywords: business leaders; civil society; colonial state; imperialism; indian business



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