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.

Andhra Pradesh: Political Mobilization, Competitive Populism, and Changing Party Dynamics in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh: Political mobilization, competitive populism, and changing party dynamics in Andhra Pradesh

The performance of the Congress in the 2009 elections in AP, held simultaneously to the state assembly and national parliament, has proved that the Congress still retains its vitality. This, despite the fact that these elections were keenly fought between three principal political contestants—the Congress, the TDP and its allies (the CPI, CPM, the TRS), and the newly formed Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) led by a popular film actor, Chiranjeevi. All of them attracted huge public responses to their election meetings. This made predictions about election results very difficult indeed.

In Indian politics since the 1980s, many states have seen a ...

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