ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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North Kerala and Democracy's Violent Demands

The political murders in north Kerala have periodically grabbed attention when many killings take place in a short span of time or someone well known is killed, like the recent murder of ex-CPI(M) member T P Chandrasekharan. However little is understood of why these killings occur. This article argues that it is a combination of the demands of electoral democracy and the familial modes in which political affiliation is understood which produces the conditions where death and martyrdom become normalised.

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