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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.

West Bengal: Mapping a Political Challenge: West Bengal 2009
West Bengal: Mapping a political challenge: West Bengal 2009
AmiyaK.Chaudhuri
State Politics under the Left Front

A stable LF government survived in West Bengal since 1977 despite a nation-wide anti-incumbency factor. Its near demolition in the 2009 parliamentary election, winning only 15 seats out of 42, was a rude shock. Protest movements against the fertile land acquisition actions by the government are a major reason for the election debacle. Civil society groups supported the popular movements. This chapter will examine left politics in the state as also its differences with other Indian states, and the electoral dynamics of a communist system in a liberal democratic framework.

The LF led by the CPI(M) government not only did poorly in the 2009 ...

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