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The Third Front Experiments

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/9780195676761.003.0004
The Third Front Experiments

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This chapter discusses the coalition experiments of the Third Front—political parties opposed to both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It traces the evolution of the Third Front and identifies its ideological characteristics in the wider context of democratization in India. The main Third Front groups included the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which was in power from 1999 to 2004, and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which is currently the ruling party in India. This chapter contends that despite their short tenure and controversial track records, both the National Front and United Front governments are indicative of regionalization of Indian polity even at the national level.

Keywords: Third Front; coalition experiments; BJP; Congress; democratization; NDA; UPA; ruling party; regionalization; Indian polity

Chapter.  15208 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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