Handbook of Politics in Indian States: Region, Parties, and Economic Reforms

Hardcover | July 10, 2013

EditorSudha Pai

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Indian states have only recently come to occupy a seminal position in national politics. The older form of a single party system is on the wane. With the rise of regional parties, states have become partners in central governance; they are now enjoying more autonomy and, post-liberalization,are enjoying greater financial freedom. While most studies on Indian politics focus on the national level, Handbook of Politics in Indian States maps the changing contours of India's federal democratic politics since independence. Due to the size, diversity, and federal structure arranged along cultural-linguistic lines, developments inthe states are determining national patterns. The volume focuses on areas such as democratization, regions and regionalism, political parties and electoral politics, and economic reform. Eminent scholars in the field analyse the changes in the functioning of state politics taking place at two levels- across states and within states. Based on extensive research, the chapters show that these changes have led to the strengthening of Indian democracy by giving voice to the disadvantaged and marginalized sections. This Handbook thus provides a comprehensive account of some of the significantdevelopments and challenges faced by Indian politics today.

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Indian states have only recently come to occupy a seminal position in national politics. The older form of a single party system is on the wane. With the rise of regional parties, states have become partners in central governance; they are now enjoying more autonomy and, post-liberalization,are enjoying greater financial freedom. While...

Sudha Pai is Rector and Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.1 inPublished:July 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsPublisher's AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsSudha Pai: IntroductionPART I: REGIONS AND REGIONALISM: HISTORICAL LEGACIES AND PRESENT-DAY DEMANDS1. Ainslie T. Embree: Indian Civilization and Regional Cultures: The Two Realities2. Asha Sarangi: States Reorganization Commission: A Critical Reading3. Maya Chadda: Integration through Internal Reorganization: Containing Ethnic Conflict in India4. Stuart Corbridge: The Continuing Struggle for India's Jharkhand: Democracy, Decentralization, and the Politics of Names and Number5. Emma E. Mawdsley: Divided We Stand: Identity and Protest in the Demand for a Separate Hill State of UttaranchalPART II: POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTORAL POLITICS IN THE STATES6. Sudha Pai: The Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh: Dominance, Decline, and Revival?7. E. Sridharan: Coalition Strategies and the BJP's Expansion, 1989-20048. Sanjay Kumar: A Shift towards Regionalization of Indian Politics9. K.C. Suri: From Dominance to Disarray: The Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh10. John Harriss and Andrew Wyatt: The Changing Nature of Tamil Nadu11. Sandhya Goswami: Asom Gana Parishad: Rise and Prospects12. Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya: Left in the Lurch: The Demise of the World's Longest Elected Regime?PART III: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POLITICS IN THE STATES13. Anil Kumar Verma: Decline of Backward Caste Politics in Northern India: From Caste-Politics to Caste-Politics14. M.S.S. Pandian: Dalit Assertion in Tamil Nadu15. Badri Narayan: A Beggar's Song of Democracy: A Study of Invisible Dalits16. Sohini Guha: The Bahujan Samaj Party: Its Shifting Strategies of Subaltern Mobilization in Uttar Pradesh17. Sajal Nag: Small States in Large Democracy: Ethnic Minorities in a Majoritarian Indian PolityPART IV: ECONOMIC REFORMS AND STATE POLITICS: CHANGING PATTERNS18. Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph: Iconization of Chandrababu: Sharing Sovereignty in India's Federal Market Economy19. Baldev Raj Nayar: Globalization and State Disparities in India20. Chirashree Das Gupta: Unravelling Bihar's 'Growth Miracle'21. Rob Jenkins: State Capitalism: Provincial Governance, Private Enterprise, and Protest Politics in India's Special Economic Zones22. Jos Mooij: Hype, Skill, and Class: The Politics of Reforms in Andhra Pradesh, 1995-2004 and BeyondDwaipayan Bhattacharyya: EpilogueNotes on Contributors