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Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi

Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi
From Caste to Class

First Edition
  • Sanjay Kumar - Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi

October 2013 | 238 pages | SAGE India

Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi is an in-depth analysis of voting patterns of voters in Delhi. Rapid immigration has changed the social profile of Delhi’s voters who seemed to vote more on class lines than caste as witnessed in many states.  

During Partition, the city had witnessed large-scale migration from Pakistan. Recent decades have also witnessed an influx of people to Delhi from various states. Subsequently, the demographic profile of Delhi has changed with a sizeable majority of migrants in many assembly constituencies. This transformation has a distinct impact on the electoral politics.

Since Delhi attracts people from various states and regions, it has resulted in a cosmopolitan culture. As compared to the past, class differences have become sharper now, reflected not only by people’s perception and attitude regarding various issues, but also when it comes to voting. By using first-hand survey data of a cross section of voters, the author demonstrates the voting patterns of the last four assembly elections and illustrates how class is more important than caste in Delhi’s politics today.

Delhi: A City of Migrants
Social Cleavages
The Voting Patterns: Caste or Class?
The Electoral Verdict
Popular Perception about Leaders and Parties
Unheard Voices
The New Definition of Delhi
Annexure 1: Detailed Results of Delhi Assembly Election, 2008
Annexure 2: Detailed Results of Delhi Assembly Elections, 1993 - 2003

[This book on] Delhi’s changing political landscape, is a well researched and timely Book...[which] reveals a lot has changed from the old days. Delhi is now divided over class not caste lines.

Civil Society, November 2013

The book is not just about electoral arithmetic. The author also uses the data to introduce the reader to prevailing income inequalities and demographic variations in Delhi...this is first time that any scholarly work has used such extensive data that focus on the electoral politics of the city. Kumar’s work is surely an important contribution to understanding Delhi’s politics and can’t be ignored...It makes readers experience Delhi in a way that no other book has done.

Frontline, 24 January 2014

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ISBN: 9788132113744