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1 A Time of Coalitions: Divided We Stand

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Shankar Raghuraman

Sage Publications, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-7619-3237-2 / 9780761932376, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 5.5" x 8.5" 
This topical and absorbing book, written by two eminent journalists, convincingly argues against two commonly held beliefs concerning Indian politics. Their basic premise is that India has come a long way from the time when a single party, the Congress, dominated our polity. Instead, it has given way to multi-party configurations or coalitions which, they demonstrate, are neither temporary nor an aberration—coalitions are here to stay, they say, at least in the foreseeable future. Second, they expertly dismiss the view that India’s polity is essentially bipolar, led by either of the two largest parties—the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress Party—and that other political parties have no option but to choose which of these two they will align themselves with. The authors take the view that coalition governments are in fact better equipped to deal with the tensions of a divided society while single-party governments tend to both centralise and homogenise. Among the numerous issues and trends cogently discussed are: - the rise of the BJP from the time it was virtually wiped out of Parliament in 1984, and it’s current faction-ridden character - the dramatic decline of the Congress, especially the fact that the minorities and oppressed groups, once its largest constituency, are now deserting it in large numbers - the continuing fragmentation of the Indian polity and the rise of regional parties which are not necessarily narrow and partisan, but capable of looking at issues from a wider perspective - the changing tactics of the Left and their internal differences - the crucial question of whether coalitions can provide stable Union governments - the possibility of alternate political formations—headed neither by the BJP nor the Congress—coming to power at the centre - the extent to which political coalitions have led to better governance, brought about a greater degree of federalism, and reduced the incidence of corruption - the manner in which successive governments have handled the new politics of economic liberalisation and the central issue of growth with equity Printed Pages: 408. 001422

Price: 8.10 USD
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2 Parties and Party Politics in India

Zoya Hasan (ed.)

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-19-566833-2 / 9780195668339, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 x 22 Cm 
This is the Oxford India Paperback of a very successful hardback published in 2002. The volume brings together essays on wide ranging issues that impinge on political parties and the challenges confronting the party system in India. Presents an overall picture of the origins, evolution and transformation of party politics post-independence. Printed Pages: 582 with numerous tables. 013556

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