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The BJP and the compulsions of politics in India

The BJP and the compulsions of politics in India book cover
Christophe Jaffrelot
Oxford University Press; 2nd edition
2001

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in Lok Sabha in 1996, followed it by coming to power at the centre in 1998 with the help of other like-minded parties. This book demonstrates how the BJP is not the national monolith it likes to present itself as. The BJP and its present dilemmas and problems are analyzed systematically in a regional perspective. Some of the dilemmas of the BJP at the national level are also explored in a critical perspective.

The second edition of this book has been updated by merging and editing the earlier introduction and afterword as well as presenting a new afterword. The new afterword accounts for the last Lok Sabha elections in 1999 when BJP came back to power and the not-so-good performance of the party in the assembly elections

in Feb-March 2000. This book demonstrates how the BJP is not the national monolith it likes to present itself as. The BJP and its present dilemmas and problems are analysed systematically in a regional perspective. Some of the dilemmas of the BJP at the national level are also explored in a
critical perspective.