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date: 22 November 2017

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This article explores the specific features of civil society in India and their implications for the concept of civil society in general. It traces the discovery of civil society and discusses its historical trajectory and professionalization in India. It suggests that the experience of India clearly illustrates the notion that civil society is a site of struggle between different sorts of groups and commitments. It also highlights the existence of the so-called involuntary organizations and uncivil organizations in India.

Keywords: civil society, India, professionalization, historical trajectory, involuntary organizations, uncivil organizations

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