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 4: Region, Representation, and National Cohesion: Public Space in India
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,” ...