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Gender Discourse in Elections: Constructing a Constituency?
Gender discourse in elections: Constructing a constituency?

In the struggle for electoral numbers in coalition politics within an identity sensitive society, gender interests have been taken as synonymous with women's reservation in Parliament. The connectivity between women's electoral performance and development outcomes remains to be established. Yet, the clamor for increasing women's political presence continues in the rarefied well of the Indian Parliament. No doubt, the national political leadership post-independence has evolved with a select strand of women, but why do political parties want more women to stand for elections now? Is it because women will better utilize public resources for women's interests? Has the electorate become partial to women candidates? Or does women's presence increase a party's secular ...

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