It's somewhat embarassing, for all of the United States' efforts to install democracy in other countries, how little attention we pay to the most populous, most diverse democracy. After all, this is our ideological sister, but popular conception doesn't go beyond seeing it as the place for call centers and cut-rate tech outsourcing.
The reality, of course, is much more complex. Looking at Indian democracy is like looking into a funhouse mirror. India isn't in the Western cultural orbit, but it's political issues are still recognizable. The solutions aren't identical, but they have a lot to teach us about what democracy means.
This is an incredible work of scholarly rigor, so incredibly thorough that a full third of the book is footnotes. Primary sources are used and quoted extensively. The writing is easy to follow, and is geared for a Western audience. This is a great way to learn a ton about a very complex political ally.