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Assam Politics in Post-Congress Era

Assam Politics in Post-Congress Era
1985 and Beyond

  • Sandhya Goswami - Former Professor, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, Assam

August 2020 | 212 pages | SAGE India
Assam has undergone two significant alterations in its political contours since the 1980s—one leading to the rise of a regional party and the other to a firm foothold by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Assam Movement (1979–1985) led to the formation of the main regional party—Asom Gana Parishad. The subsequent decades, however, witnessed a pronounced shift of power from this party to the national parties, marked by intense party competition. The competition has, however, rarely led to better choices and new policies, programmes or institutions, thus perpetuating underdevelopment and economic stagnation besides accentuating deep fault lines within the society.

Aided by the unique data sets of National Election Studies, Assam Politics in Post-Congress Era: 1985 and Beyond closely analyses the shifting political dynamics in Assam in the context of the state’s history and socio-economic situation. It further documents the dynamic political equations in the state, marked by the eclipse of the Congress and followed by the current dominance of the BJP.

Politics of Assam: Background
Congress Dominance and Decline
Assam Movement and Its Fallout
Asom Gana Parishad and Competitive Politics
Recovery of Congress
Shift towards Bharatiya Janata Party
Challenges Ahead

“Goswami’s comprehensive historical overview of Assamese politics helps the lay reader get a sense of the context… But it is her analyses of key issues… that give the book an incisive edge.” 

The Telegraph, 2 October 2020

“Assam Politics in Post-Congress Era: 1985 and Beyond is a detailed study of the change that took place in Assam post 1985… This book lays the intellectual foundation to understand new developments.”

The Book Review, April 2021

Sandhya Goswami

Sandhya Goswami is former Professor in the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. Currently, she is engaged with a rural-based NGO, SeSTA, working on social issues such as women’s empowerment, literacy, livelihood and social justice. Her principal research interests include democracy, election studies and social movements.She has authored Language Politics in Assam (1997), co-authored North-East India Development, Communalism and Insurgency (2007), and edited Troubled Diversity: The Political Process in Northeast India (2015). She has also published several research papers in prominent journals and edited... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353883645