About the Book :
Lok Sabha Election 2009 has produced a decisive verdict which sets a new political trend after 20 years. The people have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party packing and rejecting its politics of exclusion. The verdict has also given a drubbing of historic proportions to both the Left front and the Third front. This set of five volumes attempts to map the political context of this election for different parties or their coalitions. Taking a close look at the surprise element of the verdictthe Congress crossing the mark of 200 seats and the UPA coming to majorityit tries to investigate why the people rejected the BJP, the Communist parties and the Third front. It further analyzes to what extent the caste, leadership, candidate selection and regional issues influenced the peoples verdict. Also, it examines the future of coalition politics in India.
About the Book :
Rakesh Sharma (b. 1972) is a well-known columnist and political commentator. He writes regularly for various newspapers and magazines on socio-political issues. Also, he has participated in many national and international seminars.
Introduction -- Voters Love-Hate Relationship with Congress -- Election 2004: UPA Born to Rule -- Verdict 2009: Vote for Continuity and Stability -- Who Helped Congress Win? -- Advantage United Progressive Alliance -- BJP and the Left: Vicious Circle of Follies -- What the UPA Victory Means for India -- Making Sense of the Verdict -- Important Speeches and Interviews -- Historical Background -- Lok Sabha Election 1999: BJP-led Coalition Voted to Power -- Verdict 2004: Lost to the UPA -- Verdict 2009: How India Voted -- Why BJP Failed -- Future Course of Action -- Important Speeches and Interviews -- Historical Background -- The Left and Electoral Politics in India -- Role of the Left in National Politics -- Left Suffers Worst Setback -- Breach in Marxist Citadel -- Lessons for the Left -- Prakash Karat: Important Interviews -- Role of Regional Parties in India -- Bahujan Samaj Party -- Samajwadi Party -- Shiromani Akali Dal -- Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam -- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam -- Telugu Desam Party -- Coalition Politics in India: Meaning and Evolution -- Janata Party Experiment -- National Front Government: A Flop Show -- NDA Government: The First Successful Coalition -- UPA Government: Success Story Repeated -- Coalition Government and Political Stability -- Regional Parties and Coalition Politics -- Multiculturalism and Coalition Politics in India -- Consequences of Coalition Politics -- Lessons Learnt -- Prospects and Challenges