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Rajesh Dev

In: India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

Chapter 17: Northeast India: Democracy, Ethnic Fractionalization, and Competitive Politics: The Case of States in Northeast India

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Northeast India: Democracy, Ethnic Fractionalization, and Competitive Politics: The Case of States in Northeast India
Northeast India: Democracy, ethnic fractionalization, and competitive politics: The case of states in Northeast India
RajeshDev
The Region and its Politics

If South Asia is the largest “democratic region”1 of the world, India's contribution to that estimation is indeed significant. This is because, in comparison to her South Asian neighbors, India's “democratic adventure” has not only demonstrated an adaptable resilience,2 but through its own peculiar modes, affected a deepening of democratic norms3 and procedures. While it may be true that such deepening of democratic norms and procedures must be manifested in more substantive essentials than in the periodic ritual of elections, an election is commonly seen as the “ultimate” democratic device that validates ...

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