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

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Polities of Mass Democracy in India

Amiya Kumar Bagchi START from the assumption that most theories of democracy fall far short of providing an explanation of democracy as it has been witnessed in India or, for that matter, in many countries of Latin America sinccthe 1980s,The politics of a Tweedledum wrestling with a Tweedledee and regularly replacing each other as fonnations elbowing out all other contestants to the position of ineffective opposition no longer fits the events witnessed at the end of most electoral contests. Old established parties suddenly find themselves overtaken by new entrants, and suffer repeated fragmentation, sometimes to the point of obIiteration, only to derive satisfaction from the spectacle of the brave new entrants suffering very similar fates in a short while.

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