ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Punjab Elections: Entrenching Akali Dominance

The apparently unanticipated victory of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in Punjab appears less surprising if the political and social trends since the late 1990s are read carefully. The coming together of the SAD and the BJP has united the dominant castes among the Sikhs and Hindus into a stable political alliance and replicates the social structure of the Punjab village in its legislative assembly.

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