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By Ramashray Roy, Paul Wallace

Construction on their insightful paintings on India s 1998 and 1999 parliamentary elections, special students Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace s present e-book specializes in the landmark elections of 2004. Thematically divided into sections, the ebook makes a speciality of: The nationwide, theoretical, and comparative views on participation of ladies within the electoral method, caste dynamics, faith, and nationalism, in addition to federalism and factionalism State-specific reports of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Orissa, and West Bengal Tribal politics, at a time whilst the politicization of ethnic identities is being more and more felt in a number of elements of India Bringing jointly individuals from India and out of the country, this quantity provides to the physique of labor on electoral politics and social switch in India, and should be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers of political technology, newshounds, in addition to the trained, common reader.

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The heaviest loss was suffered by the BJP itself: 44 seats as a result of a loss of about 2 percent of the votes polled. The second in line were TDP (a loss of 13 seats), JD(U) (a loss of 13 seats) and AIADMK (a loss of 10 seats) and its alliance partner, the TMC (a loss of 6 seats). While the AIADMK did not win a single Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu, the TMC was able to retain at least two seats. This general picture in itself needs to be explained in terms of causative factors, both short- and long-term.

It was this four-year-old party that whipped up emotions in the region to the highest pitch and was able to halt Naidu’s attempted third term in office. 19. Eric Voegelin, History of Political Ideas, Vol. VIII: Crisis and the Apocalypse of Man. ) (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999), p. 62. 20. Neera Chandhoke, ‘Crisis of Representative Democracy’, The Hindu, June 19, 2004. 21. Voegelin, op. , p. 61. 22. Chandhoke, op. cit. 23. There is a vast literature available on this point. See, however, Charles Taylor, ‘Growth, Legitimacy and Modern Identity’, Praxis International, Vol.

Naidu is not, by any means, an exceptional case illustrating the great divide between the people and the ruling power. He constitutes merely a single instance of a generic case. As we have seen, the NDA came to power riding on the horse of an ensemble of promises, all of which aimed at assuring the demos of a good life, a life that the previous ruling coalitions also promised but thoughtlessly ignored. As the NDA performance shows, it never conformed to its claims of opening a ‘democratic’ alliance committed to promoting the well-being of the people.

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