Topical and wide-ranging as well as rigorously historical and empirical, this book is an essential reading for anyone interested in the current transformation of Indian Politics.
This book examines systematically, for the first time, the history of the BJP and its current strategies and dilemmas. Well-known scholars with an intimate knowledge of India's states analyze the specific trajectory of the BJP at the regional level, the structure of its electorates, and the specific challenges it faces in major parts of India. This book also offers also offers a condensed overview of the current position of the BJP at the national level, even as it discusses this party's ambivalent response to the challenge of lower-caste mobilization and the globalization of Indy's economy. Topical and wide-ranging as well as rigorously historical and empirical, this book will be essential reading for anyone interest in the current transformation of Indian politics. Thomas Blom Hansen is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Development studies, roskilde University, Denmark. Christophe Jaffrelot is Research fellow at centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationalnes, France.