By Ramashray Roy, Paul Wallace
Construction on their insightful paintings on India s 1998 and 1999 parliamentary elections, individual students Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace s present booklet specializes in the landmark elections of 2004. Thematically divided into sections, the booklet specializes in: The nationwide, theoretical, and comparative views on participation of girls within the electoral procedure, caste dynamics, faith, and nationalism, in addition to federalism and factionalism State-specific stories of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Orissa, and West Bengal Tribal politics, at a time while the politicization of ethnic identities is being more and more felt in numerous components of India Bringing jointly members from India and out of the country, this quantity provides to the physique of labor on electoral politics and social swap in India, and may be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers of political technology, newshounds, in addition to the expert, basic reader.
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Additionally, it also makes unavoidable the forging of alliances with regional and personal parties operating at the state level with a view to capturing the seat of power at Delhi. This necessity provides the opportunity to smaller parties to wield power disproportionate to their strength in the Lok Sabha. They enjoy almost a god-like power to make a coalition possible or unmake it if the coalition fails to satisfy them. As their existence becomes vital to the success of a coalition, their continued existence is guaranteed insofar as they can get enough compensation for their small size in terms of electoral benefits in their local bailiwick.
And since these policies are couched in such ambiguous terms as welfare, humanity, progress—terms which are all twistable whenever there is a change in the constitution of the ruling coalition, these terms, too, change in their content without any change in the label itself. It is for this reason that the goals of social revolution change and, as a result, produce incompatibility between the content given it by one regime from that given by another. Additionally, there also exists incompatibility between different strands of the social revolutionary goals of the political order.
P. 109. Ibid. See also Sridharan, op. cit. The survey data refers to post-poll surveys in 1999 and 2004 conducted by the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. I am grateful to their data unit for making this information available to me. The total sample size for the 1999 survey was 9,418, and for the 2004 survey it was 27,189. Harish Khare, The Hindu, May 14, 2004. A young political science graduate, a computer buff, developed a scale of Verbal and Rhetorical Consistency. Measured on this scale, Vajpayee is reported to have flip-flopped 683 times in the six years that he was prime minister.