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.
Chapter 2: Regional Base and National Dream: Alliance Formation, 2009 National Elections
Regional Base and National Dream: Alliance Formation, 2009 National Elections
The 2009 elections conducted in five waves have come and gone. In their wake, they have left everybody surprised, some of them even shocked since the media and other sources of information continued to inform the people up until the last that no party or any combination of parties, was expected to win a majority of parliamentary seats in order to be able to form the national government. Some commentators went to the length of even predicting that the current elections would most likely reproduce a stalemate like the 1996 situation where no political party was able to form a government on its own or survive ...