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India's 2009 Elections is an inquiry into the 15th General Elections of India. It explores how the elections played out, what factors influenced the electorate, and how the elections are an important contribution to India's democracy.

Authored by renowned scholars and analysts from various backgrounds, the collection of articles critically examines multiple areas of the Indian polity:

Coalition and alliance politics, representation, national integration, and women's participation; Dominant party, competitive two-party and multi-party states including Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and the northeast states; Caste, tribal, and ethnic politics

According to the contributors, the public outcome of the 2009 elections indicated a demand for integrity, continuity, and competence—values that were considered almost obsolete in today's political scenario. At the same time, the contributors admit to problems in structure, providing for minority cultures, stability, and contentious public policy issues.

Rajasthan: Silent Tsunami in Rajasthan: BJP Bastion Busted in 2009
Rajasthan: Silent Tsunami in Rajasthan: BJP bastion busted in 2009
BhawaniSingh and VibhutiSinghShekhawat

The state of Rajasthan remains perpetually in transition. Being a conglomerate of old princely states up to 1947, Rajasthan witnessed new political germination when it switched from a feudal to a democratic political system. The transition was peaceful with little turmoil, which helped the state in catching up with the more advanced and developed states of India. In terms of development indices, no other state except Haryana and Punjab can equal her in north India. Territorially the largest in India, Rajasthan is a political minnow in population; therefore it sends only 25 representatives to India's lower chamber of Parliament.

The December 2008 Assembly election led ...

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