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.

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

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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