Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class

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Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi is an in-depth analysis of voting patterns of voters in Delhi. Rapid immigration has changed the social profile of Delhi’s voters who seemed to vote more on class lines than caste as witnessed in many states.  

During Partition, the city had witnessed large-scale migration from Pakistan. Recent decades have also witnessed an influx of people to Delhi from various states. Subsequently, the demographic profile of Delhi has changed with a sizeable majority of migrants in many assembly constituencies. This transformation has a distinct impact on the electoral politics.

Since Delhi attracts people from various states and regions, it has resulted in a cosmopolitan culture. As compared to the past, class differences have become sharper now, reflected not only by people’s perception and attitude regarding various issues, but also when it comes to voting. By using first-hand survey data of a cross section of voters, the author demonstrates the voting patterns of the last four assembly elections and illustrates how class is more important than caste in Delhi’s politics today.

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Sanjay Kumar is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, and Codirector, Lokniti, a research program of the CSDS. Trained in survey research at the Summer School in the University of Michigan, he has directed various national and state-level surveys conducted by the CSDS,including the series of National Election Studies (NES) conducted during the Lok Sabha elections of 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2009. Besides the NES, he has also directed various state-level studies.

His research draws heavily from empirical studies. He is also interested in mapping the changing patterns of democracy. He has been the country coordinator (India) for the State of Democracy in South Asia study conducted by the CSDS and a core team member of the Asian Barometer Study conducted in different countries. He has also been a member of the team of international observers for observing elections in various countries. He is also a member of the drafting committee for the charter on Free and Fair elections in Asia.

His most recent book is Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class (SAGE Publications 2013). His other books are Measuring Voting Behaviour in India (with Praveen Rai; SAGE Publications 2013), Rise of the Plebeians? The Changing Face of Indian Legislative Assemblies (coedited with Christophe Jaffrelot 2009), and Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions (with Peter Ronald DeSouza and Sandeep Shastri; SAGE Publications 2009). He also writes regularly for national and regional newspapers, and is a recognized face on electronic media as an election expert.

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[This book on] Delhi s changing political landscape, is a well researched and timely Book...[which] reveals a lot has changed from the old days. Delhi is now divided over class not caste lines. --Civil Society, November 2013

The book is not just about electoral arithmetic. The author also uses the data to introduce the reader to prevailing income inequalities and demographic variations in Delhi...this is first time that any scholarly work has used such extensive data that focus on the electoral politics of the city. Kumar s work is surely an important contribution to understanding Delhi s politics and can t be ignored...It makes readers experience Delhi in a way that no other book has done.

(Frontline, 24 January 2014) --(Frontline, 24 January 2014)

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