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Political Behaviour of Indian State Governors: A Study of the Role of Governor in Orissa

Digambar Mishra (Author)
Synopsis The institution of the Indian state governorship has attracted the scholarly attention of Indian and international scholars. Political Behavior of Indian State Governors: A Study of the Role of Governor in Orissa contains subtle but telling differences from other books about the Indian state governorship. It is the first major analytical work on the political behavior of the Indian state governors. This study provides a unique exploration and behavior analysis of the Indian governor through a case study of the role played by thirteen governors who served post-independent Orissa, 1947 – 1980. This analysis concentrates on gubernatorial behavior during the five state emergencies in Orissa when democratic governance of the state was replaced by the presidential rule under Article 356 of the Indian Constitution. Using data base on the behavioral patterns of the governors who sought president’s rule and ran the state administration on behalf of the central government, Dr. Mishra argues that the role assigned to the state governor by the Indian Constitution is not in fact the role actually played by the governor. While his constitutional role is that of a neutral head of state, his actual role seems to be one with considerably more political overtones. With his engaging logical style, he raises important questions about a strictly legal-constitutional approach to the role of a state governor in a politically turbulent state. He concludes that a carefully framed constitution may prove to be inadequate for political contingencies. Researchers in the fields of comparative politics and Indian State Politics should find this work insightful, relative to the analysis of executive political behavior in an Indian state.
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About the author

Digambar Mishra

Digambar Mishra I Professor of Political Science & Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Digambar graduated from Ravenshaw College and received his Masters from Utkal Univesity. He came to the United States in s1974 and received a Rotary Scholarship at the University of Alabama where he earned his MPA and Ph.D. After teaching at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama at Huntsville, Digambar joined the faculty of Miles College in 1981. Digambar was a Bicentennial Fellow at Stanford University in 1983 and at Bookings in 1984. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Alabama Political Science Association where he served as president, and the Birmingham Chapter of the UNA-USA, of which he is currently vice president. He is a former president of the Orissa Society of the Americas. In Summer 1999, Digambar was a Fulbright Professor to Malaysia and Singapore. His scholarly articles have appeared in several professional journals. Digambar is married to Jyostna and they have two grown children, Anoop and Likum.

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Title Political Behaviour of Indian State Governors: A Study of the Role of Governor in Orissa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187644400
length ix+134p., Tables; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.