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India's 2004 Elections

India's 2004 Elections
Grass-Roots and National Perspectives

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Ramashray Roy - Former Director, Centre of the Studies of Developing Societies
  • Paul Wallace - Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia

February 2007 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Building on their insightful work on India’s 1998 and 1999 parliamentary elections, distinguished scholars Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace’s current book focuses on the landmark elections of 2004. Thematically divided into two sections, the book focuses on:

– the national, theoretical and comparative perspectives on participation of women in the electoral process, caste dynamics, religion and nationalism, as well as federalism and factionalism. – state-specific studies of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Orissa and West Bengal. – tribal politics, at a time when the politicisation of ethnic identities is being increasingly felt in various parts of India.

Bringing together contributors from India and abroad, this volume adds to the body of work on electoral politics and social change in India, and will be of interest to students and teachers of political science, journalists, as well as the informed, general reader.
Paul Wallace
Introduction: India Shining Trumped
Ramashray Roy
The Text and Context of the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections in India
Sikata Banerjee
Chaste like Sita, Fierce Like Durga
Indian Women in Politics

Pramod Kumar
Contextualising Religious, Caste and Regional Dynamics in Electoral Politics
Emerging Paradoxes

Jyotirindra Dasgupta
Of Hindus and their Nationalisms
Religion, Representation and Democracy

Virginia Van Dyke
'Jumbo Cabinets', Factionalism, and the Impact of Federalism
Comparing Coalition Governments in Punjab, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh

Ghanshyam Shah
Gujarat after Godhra
Karli Srinivasulu
Political Articulation and Policy Discourse in the 2004 Elections in Andhra Pradesh
Sanjay Kumar
The New Alliance Made the Difference in Bihar
Sandhya Goswami and Monoj Kumar Nath
Politics of Separatism in Assam
Rajesh Dev
Ethno-regional Identity and Political Mobilisation in Meghalaya
Democratic Discourse in a Tribal State

Mohammed Alam
Validating the Status Quo and Local Narratives in Orissa
Amiya K. Chaudhuri
CPI(M) Dominance and "Other" Parties in West Bengal

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