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India's Political Parties

India's Political Parties

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Peter Ronald DeSouza - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
  • E Sridharan - University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi, India

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October 2006 | 420 pages | SAGE India
This volume is the sixth in the series of essential readings in Indian government and politics focusing on political parties in India. It introduces the reader to the extensive and varied landscape of parties by bringing together seminal articles, new studies on national and regional parties and specific commentaries on important aspects of parties and the party system in India

The book covers an exceptionally wide terrain ranging from a discussion of individual parties, to their location in the context of nationalism and communalism, to more topical issues such as state funding of elections, party nominations, women`s representation and defections.

E Sridharan and Peter Ronald deSouza
The Evolution of Political Parties in India

Jayaprakash Narayan
A Plea for the Reconstruction of the Indian Polity
M N Roy
Politics without Party
Rajni Kothari
The Congress `System' in India
Suhas Palshikar and Yogendra Yadav
Party System and Electoral Politics in the Indian States, 1952-2002
From Hegemony to Convergence

Myron Weiner
Party Politics and Electoral Behaviour
From Independence to the 1980s

Bruce D Graham
The Challenge of Hindu Nationalism
The Bharatiya Janata Party in Contemporary Indian Politics

Achin Vanaik
Communalization of the Indian Polity
Valerian Rodrigues
The Communist Parties in India
Suhas Palshikar
Shiv Sena
A Tiger with Many Faces?

K C Suri
Telugu Desam Party
Rise and Prospects for Future

E Sridharan
Parties, the Party System and Collective Action for State Funding of Elections
A Comparative Perspective on Possible Options

Madhu Kishwar
`No' to Zenana Dabbas:
Deghettoising Women's Politics and Enhancing their Representation in Legislatures

Ramashray Roy
Selection of Congress Candidates:
The Formal Criteria

Peter Ronald DeSouza
Political Nomadism in India:
The Struggle between the Fence and the Field


The book traces the evolution of various political parties in India, their agenda, classification, electoral strategies and character in terms of being national, regional, ideological or community-based.


This book provides a sort of primer of…various shades of political opinion and the surprising journey made by several parties along the way.

Business Standard

This book…examines different characteristics of Indian political parties….has different essays by prominent political scientists.

The Tribune

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ISBN: 9780761935148