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Chapter 4: Region, Representation, and National Cohesion: Public Space in India
Parliamentary elections in India provide an opportunity for exploring connections between popular preferences and prospects of political coherence at the national level. It is not unusual for national level elections in the country to be preceded by fears of regional concerns and organizations negatively affecting national priorities or even national cohesion. The 15th general election was also expected to significantly increase the importance of regional political organizations and their allies in the national contention for power.1 While predicting the gains of the regional organizations and the losses of their national rivals, the media icons tried to scare the country with ominous inferences.
They offered foreboding images of “regional eruption,” ...