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Does Political Reservation Affect Voting Behaviour?

An empirical examination of the impact of political reservation for disadvantaged groups on voting behaviour, using microdata from the National Election Study 2004, shows that in a reserved constituency, where only members of the disadvantaged castes can stand for election, voters of the disadvantaged castes are encouraged to vote. On the other hand, the system of constituency reservation does not have any impact on turnout of voters belonging to other groups, including relatively upper-caste voters. This finding suggests that political reservation does not crowd out electoral participation of other groups. These voters, however, tend to vote for the right-wing political party in reserved constituencies, implying a possibility that political reservation might provoke a social cleavage along caste lines in Indian politics.

Agriculture in India and Pakistan, 1900-95

This paper re-investigates the performance of agriculture in India and Pakistan, 1900-95 from historical and comparative perspectives. The decomposition results show that aggregate changes in crop mix were one of the most important sources of land productivity growth in India and Pakistan. Their contribution has become more important in recent decades in India whereas their contribution was the most important in Pakistan during the 1950s, i e, the period just prior to the green revolution.
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