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India's 2004 Elections

India's 2004 Elections
Grass-Roots and National Perspectives

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Ramashray Roy - Former Director, Centre of the Studies of Developing Societies
  • Paul Wallace - Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia

376 pages | SAGE India

Praise for Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections:

"Provides an excellent analysis of elections in India, highlighting the emerging trends in Indian politics."



"Merits close attention of Indian social scientists and people interested in elections in general."



Praise for India’s 1999 Elections and 20th Century Politics:

"The two editors have done a superb job in synthesizing the intricate conceptual details with analytical sophistication and empirical findings."




"An outstanding job. It is invaluable to understanding contemporary India."



Building on their insightful work on India’s 1998 and 1999 parliamentary elections, distinguished scholars Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace’s current book focuses on the landmark elections of 2004. Thematically divided into two sections, the book focuses on:

– the national, theoretical and comparative perspectives on participation of women in the electoral process, caste dynamics, religion and nationalism, as well as federalism and factionalism. – state-specific studies of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Orissa and West Bengal. – tribal politics, at a time when the politicisation of ethnic identities is being increasingly felt in various parts of India.

Bringing together contributors from India and abroad, this volume adds to the body of work on electoral politics and social change in India, and will be of interest to students and teachers of political science, journalists, as well as the informed, general reader.

Paul Wallace
Introduction: India Shining Trumped
Ramashray Roy
The Text and Context of the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections in India
Sikata Banerjee
Chaste like Sita, Fierce Like Durga
Indian Women in Politics

Pramod Kumar
Contextualising Religious, Caste and Regional Dynamics in Electoral Politics
Emerging Paradoxes

Jyotirindra Dasgupta
Of Hindus and their Nationalisms
Religion, Representation and Democracy

Virginia Van Dyke
'Jumbo Cabinets', Factionalism, and the Impact of Federalism
Comparing Coalition Governments in Punjab, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh

Ghanshyam Shah
Gujarat after Godhra
Karli Srinivasulu
Political Articulation and Policy Discourse in the 2004 Elections in Andhra Pradesh
Sanjay Kumar
The New Alliance Made the Difference in Bihar
Sandhya Goswami and Monoj Kumar Nath
Politics of Separatism in Assam
Rajesh Dev
Ethno-regional Identity and Political Mobilisation in Meghalaya
Democratic Discourse in a Tribal State

Mohammed Alam
Validating the Status Quo and Local Narratives in Orissa
Amiya K. Chaudhuri
CPI(M) Dominance and "Other" Parties in West Bengal

Ramashray Roy

Ramashray Roy is an eminent political philosopher and prolific writer whose work has opened up new vistas in the study of development and democracy in India. He has served as a Senior Fellow as well as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi), National Fellow and a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.Professor Roy has published dozens of books including India’s 2004... More About Author

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a consultant on South Asia to a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Attorney General’s Office, defense lawyers, and other agencies in North America and has received five Smithsonian-funded awards for national election studies in India. In September 2003, Professor Wallace served as the expert witness on Sikh violence at the Air India trial in Vancouver, Canada. ... More About Author

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