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Introduction

Zoya Hasan

in Congress after Indira

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195685978
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195685978.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction discusses the theme of this volume which is about the changes in the political strategies and structure of the Indian National Congress after Indira Gandhi. This volume provides an interpretation of how the politics of change in India influenced the development of the Congress, particularly under the coalition of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). It discusses how the Congress adjusted to the realities of coalition politics and the government–party relationship under the UPA arising out of Sonia Gandhi’s decision to decline the post of prime minister in 2004. It tracks the overall policy change and the attempt to reconcile equity with growth and examines the Congress’s political–policy response to three critical issues: rural inequalities, minority development, and the Indo–US nuclear deal. The book concludes by looking at the challenges of sustaining a policy-driven reinvention of the party.

Keywords: Indian National Congress; Indira Gandhi; politics of change; India; United Progressive Alliance; coalition politics; rural inequalities; minority development; Indo-US nuclear deal

Chapter.  3753 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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