Dynamics of Coalition Politics in India
Coalition governments are perhaps an inevitable occurrence in a multi-cultural and federal polity like India. During the last two decades or so, the Indian party system has undergone a paradigm shift. The era of politics as a grand narrative dominated by a single party seems to be a thing of the past. The 14th General Election in 2004 corroborated this trend that initially appeared on the Indian political landscape in 1989. The existence of multiple forms and layers of identity in India pertaining to caste, community, region-language etc. signifies the complex social base of politics. Coalition is probably the best political arrangement in which both the values of unity and diversity are equally legitimized and respected and linked within the political layout of the country.
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