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Political Prospects in UP

Indian national politics is believed to be largely UP-centric. Electoral outcomes in UP have an impact on political developments in the whole country. Pointers to the likely results of the elections to the UP assembly later this month from a large-scale pre-poll survey.

Manipur : Assembly Election:Trends and Issues

Election-based adult franchise was introduced in Manipur as early as 1948. Yet political instability has been a persistent feature giving rise to increasing interference from the centre. This in turn has led, at least partly, to the politics of survival overwhelming all other relevant local issues today.

Uttarakhand: One Year After

One year on, expectations behind the creation of the state of Uttarakhand seem to have been largely belied. However, the emergence of 'popular' candidates, to contest the forthcoming elections, and their promise to set forth a new trajectory of politics - one based on meeting the state's immediate concerns of land, water and forests - spells new hope for the hill state.

Ranveer Sena and 'Massacre Widows'

The ongoing conflict between the landlord-backed Ranveer Sena and the Naxalites in Bihar acquired a new dimension during the 1999 Lok Sabha election season with the Sena fielding a candidate and parading 'massacre widows' before the electorate. Given the background of massacres in the state widowing many more dalit women than upper caste ones, the campaign ploy has provoked a debate centered of class, caste and gender.

Electoral Reforms: Need for Citizens' Involvement

There is no escape for concerned citizens and civil society groups from getting involved in politics without being politicians. They have to use all available means to change and continuously monitor the functioning of the political system. These means include using the judicial system through public interest litigation, the media for information dissemination and statutory organs such as the Election Commission and the Law Commission which have both proposed major initiatives for reforming the electoral system.

Punjab : Covering Up Non-Performance

Anti-incumbency has been an important in elections in Punjab, especially in the last decade. This was last evident in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections which were swept by the Congress. Yet chief minister and leader of the ruling AD-BJP coalition, Prakash Singh Badal, seems to have learnt little from experience and seems set on the same electoral gambles that had cost his party dear in the 1999 elections.

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