ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Integration and Exclusion in Indian Politics

Integration and Exclusion in Indian Politics Rajni Kothari The transition from a highly structured and institutionalised, inter-sectoral, inter-group and inter-elite framework of pluralist politics to a diffuse and unstructured and potentially malleable and homogenising mass politics, spurred by the growth of economic discontent and consciousness thereof has opened the floodgates of populism on the one hand and a monolithic elite and reliance on charismatic power on the other The two, it is argued here, are closely related; both are linked to a process of deinstitutionalising and ultimately depoliticising the conduct of public affairs. The new symbols of managing the public realm and the new types of promises and appeals have resulted in a model of nation-building and a rhetoric of national unity and national glory and power that have split the political community and accentuated the processes of polarisation, marginalisation and exclusion of the large mass of the people.

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