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Towards a Political Perspective for the Seventies

Rajni Kothari The first phase of Indian politics, institutionalised under the system of competitive dominance under Congress, came to an end in 1967. This was reflected less in the loss of Congress power in a few States than in a more drastic shift in loyalties caused by a growing congruence between issue orientation of voters, economic discontent, disaffection with government and defection from Congress.

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