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General Elections in India: Electoral Politics, Electoral Reforms and Political Parties

M L Ahuja (Author)
Synopsis Democracy in India has surged forward especially after the successful completion of 13th Lok Sabha which was conspicuous with the presence of coalition government. The multiplicity of political parties with diverse ideologies and myriad language and caste groups together with intricate electoral politics pose a formidable challenge. All this calls for a comprehensive study of the various strands of the electoral politics in India. The book, General Elections in India: Electoral Politics, Electoral Reforms and Political Parities, provides an in-depth analysis of all the 14 general elections in India, from 1952 to 2004. it is not circumscribed to the presentation of statistics and the election scenario. It also deals with a wide gamut of activities associated with general elections vital to the understanding of politics in India. Divided into six sections, the book discussed in threadbare the functioning of Election Commission, the various reforms it has undertaken from time to time, the challenges posed by the country as a result of the emergence of coalition era in States and at national level, the development of major political parties and their role over the years, and the major electoral strategies adopted by the political forums over the years. Illustrated with maps, diagrams, election symbols and development scenario in the respective States and Union Territories, this book provides, inter alia, a detailed study of dalit and caste politics scramble for dynastic perpetuation, the concept of Hindutva and political participation of women. In view of its encyclopedic nature and range, the book should be of great referent value for all those wishing to understand Indian politics in its proper perspective.
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About the author

M L Ahuja

M.L. Ahuja is Postgraduate in English Literature and holds two Postgraduates Diplomas ion Labour Law, Labour Welfare & Personnel Management, as well as in Company Secretary. Ranked among the outstanding intellectuals of the 20th century by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, Mr. Ahuja is the co-author of 1989-1991 General Election in India (1992), and is the author of Glimpses of Some Great Indians (1977). President of Indian and their Constitutional Portrayal (1977). Electoral Politics and General Elections in India, (1952-1988), and Handbook of General Elections & Electoral Reforms in India (2000). He has contributed articles to a number of journals, mostly on book publishing, marketing of books and marketing of journals. He has also reviewed books of general interest and has presented papers at seminars in India, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, China and Hungary. His article captioned “Vox Populi” is included in a book entitled presteroika in India: V.O. Singh’s Prime Ministership, complied and edited by G.S. Bhargava. Mr. Ahuja had also been the Area Representative of the International Association of Orientalist Librarians. He is associated with publishing and marketing of books and journals for over four decades. He has traveled extensively, both within and outside the country.

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Title General Elections in India: Electoral Politics, Electoral Reforms and Political Parties
Author M L Ahuja
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188086223
length xvii+660p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Appnedices; Index; 24cm.