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Coalition Politics in India

Bidyut Chakrabarty

in FORGING POWER

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195676761
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676761.003.0001
Coalition Politics in India

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This chapter explores the history of the coalition politics in India. Coalitions are articulated within an institutional framework, and two specific methods for this have been concretized in Indian constitutional law and practice. It suggests that the historical roots of coalition politics can be traced back to the nationalist movement, especially to the Gandhian conceptualization of Swaraj while its social roots can be found in the breakdown of the federal and coalitional pillars of the Congress in the 1970s which reinvigorated regional politics. It describes the links among the processes that contributed to a significant metaphorphosis of India's federal system, which highlights its multi-cultural spirit and suggests that the role of federalism in strengthening India's pluralist character can be traced back to the complex processes in which federalism is conceptualized historically.

Keywords: coalition politics; India; constitutional law; national movement; Swaraj; regional politics; federal system; Congress in 1970s; federalism

Chapter.  18762 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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