India votes - 2009

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India votes - 2009

The world's largest democracy votes next month and it appears that the result is uncertain, depending mostly on the results and willingness to join coalitions of smaller parties rather than on the main two.

As India braces for another split verdict in the forthcoming general election, Mahesh Rangarajan analyses the decline of the country's national parties.
India is completing a decade in which coalitions dominated by one or the other have held power.
Neither of the premier parties, Congress or the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is confident of leading their respective alliances to full power this time....
Yet, the Congress is a shadow of its former self. It last secured a clear majority in the 543-member lower house of the parliament a quarter of a century ago.
Its present coalition is sustained by an array of regional parties, who are now busy driving hard bargains in seat sharing.
Its rival, the BJP, is seeing its alliance actually fall apart.
For the first time since 1998, it will have no ally in two key southern states, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
It's a familiar story, really.

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hi Doug, i've read the link here, and also some of the items from Wilf's post on the Indian elections, and it's not clear to me what the BBC is referring to when it says, referring to a two year period post '96, "held together by support from the communists from outside".  Is it referring to China?  are there distinctions between currently self-labelled 'communist' states and other 'communists'?  how do these labels intersect with use of the term 'socialists'? , as in Wilf's post? it seems like a mish-mash of term usage, tossed around by some editors haphazardly.   and what is the opposite, that the two major parties in India are "held together by support from imperialists from outside?"




Communists from outside means the communist party of india supportd the govt in parliament without being part of the coalition.


thanks for the clarification, simple answer, eh?


Wilf Day

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To be more exact, in India the "communists" refers to a long-standing alliance of four parties: the Communist Party (Marxist), known as the CPM or the CPI(M); the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the All India Forward Bloc. The largest, the CPM, leads the Left Front government which has been the government of West Bengal for the past 30 years. A Bengali friend says it is about as "communist" as the British Labour Party.