Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Prospect of liberal politics in India today

The verdict, in the recent assembly election in the state of Bihar, has attracted a lot of interest across India. The ruling coalition of JD(U) and BJP won a record 206 seats in a house of 243. Did this huge margin of victory, signify a major shift in Indian politics? What does this election really tell us about the future political direction in India? In this the second half, the aim is to identify the various strands that dominated Indian politics over the past six decades - language, region, religion, caste, poverty. Is there a diminising political dividend from identity politics, could political ideology find a legitimate space in India, asks Barun Mitra

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