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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.

Defying the Pattern

On the basis of evidence, culled from the 2016 assembly elections, this opinion piece reiterates the argument that political process shaping voters' preferences needs to be contextually understood to meaningfully explain the poll outcome in India.

Pointers to Partition

A Narrative of Communal Politics: Uttar Pradesh, 1937-39 by Salil Misra; Sage, New Delhi, 2001; pp 363, Rs 295.
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