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Articles By Suhas Palshikar

Understanding the Nature of Party Competition and Politics of Majoritarianism

Through its six years in office, the Bharatiya Janata Party government has become a “Modi regime.” This new regime is set to change the characteristics of India’s competitive politics such as structure of party competition and nature of agenda, through the shifting of the middle ground and forging a new social coalition behind it. But above all, through the application of populism and authoritarianism, the most crucial change that the new regime is bringing about is the politics of majoritarianism and that is, more than anything, changing and shrinking democratic politics. 

Towards Hegemony

The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party has contributed to the emergence of a new ideological framework to India’s democracy and public life in general. This framework might be better understood if it is seen as the crafting of hegemony. The politics of crafting a new hegemony did not emerge all of a sudden. Beyond the immediate context, the rise of the party needs to be understood in the broader political context that has shaped up since 1989.