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A brief look at the history of Congress-Maratha dominance in Maharashtra politics, in response to Suhas Palshikar's "Farewell to Maratha Politics? Assembly Election in Maharashtra"(EPW, 1 November 2014).

Suhas Palshikar’s insightful article on Maratha politics (“Farewell to Maratha Politics? Assembly Election in Maharashtra,” EPW, 1 November 2014) raises some important questions. It points to the loss of hegemony, changed political economy and defeat by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as reasons that should lead Maratha leadership to accept its less pre-eminent position in state politics and make peace with the new ruling dispensation. It considers the desertion by Maratha voters of the two Congress parties as marking a new era in state politics. We believe that a more detailed look at the relationship between the changes in the political economy and what he calls the “Congress space” may throw more light on the current and likely future strategies of the Maratha elite.

Congress–Maratha Dominance

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