The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare: A Long View of India's 2014 Election

ISBN : 9780199489626

Irfan Ahmad; Pralay Kanungo
412 ページ
138 x 216 mm

This volume explores how the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won the 2014 Parliamentary elections with such an unprecedented majority, and what that victory means for politics in general and Indian politics in particular. It opens up space for new theoretical and methodological reflections on electoral democracy, critically taking on such salient issues as development, terrorism, charisma, media, new mechanisms of mobilization, nationalism, rumour, religion, regionalism, polarisation, space, Muslim vote, and caste. This volume is distinct in its ability to focus squarely on the empirical acts of voting. It sociologically and historically examines the enduring as well as changing institutional, social, political, and cultural landscapes in which voting takes place. Unlike most other studies on elections in India, this book puts human subjectivity at the centre of election studies. The anthropological-sociological perspective the volume places before readers draws on political-social theory whereby the volume also examine the larger and changing contours of modernity, democracy and elections being its key faces. As such the volume situates the 2014 elections in relation to changing nature and forms of elections and democracy globally, in particular in conversation with those in the democratic nation-states in the West.


List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Democracy and the Algebra of Warfare-Welfare
Irfan Ahmad
1. Democracy as Rumor: Media, Religion, and the 2014 Indian Elections
Irfan Ahmad
2. Modi and the Spectre of Terrorism: Crafting the Hindutva Icon
Manisha Sethi
3. Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Politics: The Baba Ramdev-BJP Partnership in the 2014 Elections
Pralay Kanungo
4. Gujarat Model and the Right-Wing Shift in 2014
Zoya Hasan
5. Communal Violence, Electoral Polarization, and Muslim Representation: Muzaffarnagar 2013-2014
Hilal Ahmed
6. Does Space Matter in Electoral Democracy? Analyzing the Mother Ganges' Call to the BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate
Bikramaditya K. Choudhary
7. Caste and Cultural Icons: BJP's Politics of Appropriation in Tamil Nadu
R. Thirunavukkarasu
8. Hindutva's Reach Out to Muslims in 2014 Elections: A Historical Analysis
Mohammad Reyaz
9. Media, Corporates, and Democracy: Lessons from the 2014 General Elections
Sudhir Pattnaik
10. On The Ground: The Unfolding of the 2014 General Election Campaign
Patrick French
11. Unity in Diversity: Democracy and Manifestos in the 2014 Indian Elections
Irfan Ahmad
12. On Studying Elections and Democracy: A Conversation with T. K. Oommen
R. Thirunavukkarasu
Afterword by Pralay Kanungo
Notes on Editors and Contributors


Irfan Ahmad is Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Study of Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany. His most recent publication is Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace (University of North Carolina Press, 2017 and Oxford University Press, 2018). Before working as Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at ACU, Melbourne, he taught politics and anthropology at Monash University, (2009- 2013). He was the founding founding co-editor of Journal of Religious and Political Practice (2015- 2017). He has held visiting positions, inter alia, at Brown University, the USA; Kanungo, Pralay is Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University and Fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands. He is Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. He was a; Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L'Homme, Paris. Kanungo is the author of RSS's Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-editor of The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China (Primus, 2014). He was also the Principal Indian Investigator of Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project focused on election studies.