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 6: Gender Discourse in Elections: Constructing a Constituency?
Gender Discourse in Elections: Constructing a Constituency?
In the struggle for electoral numbers in coalition politics within an identity sensitive society, gender interests have been taken as synonymous with women's reservation in Parliament. The connectivity between women's electoral performance and development outcomes remains to be established. Yet, the clamor for increasing women's political presence continues in the rarefied well of the Indian Parliament. No doubt, the national political leadership post-independence has evolved with a select strand of women, but why do political parties want more women to stand for elections now? Is it because women will better utilize public resources for women's interests? Has the electorate become partial to women candidates? Or does women's presence increase a party's secular ...