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1. Introduction: continuities and discontinuities between pre- and post-Independence India Part I. Political Change: 2. Political change, political structure, and the functioning of government 3. Parties and politics 4. State and local politics Part II. Pluralism and National Integration: 5. Language problems 6. Crises of national unity: Punjab, the northeast, and Kashmir 7. Communal and caste conflict: secularism, Hindu nationalism, and the Indian state Part III. Political Economy: 8. Politics, economic development, and social change 9. Political aspects of agricultural change 10. Conclusion: problems and prospects.