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New Rules for Indian Politics?
While many of these cases involve minor charges, one in five MPs face at least one case involving potentially serious infractions, ranging from murder to physical assault. Indeed, the prevalence of criminal taint is widespread, touching all parties and reaching all corners of the country. At first glance, the affinity between crime and politics paints a mental picture of democracy being subverted by rogue actors who regularly employ coercion or violence and whose actions defy the popular will. But criminality cannot be reduced to coercion or the perpetration of violence alone. Like all politicians in India, those with criminal reputations also live and die at the ballot box.
Watch the video of the conversation and download his presentation below. In this discussion Dr. Vaishnav examined recent electoral trends to decode the new set of guiding principles that Indian politics is now being framed by. Vaishnav considered the role of caste, the economy, political identity, and regionalism in shaping voter choices. He explained how there is evidence of change in a couple of dimensions, which has been in the making for sometime now. It was believed that in India, voters give more preference to things of parochial nature rather than economics.
For instance, how can free and fair democratic elections exist alongside rampant criminality? Why do political parties actively recruit candidates with reputations for wrongdoing? Why do voters elect and even reelect them, to the point that a third of state and national legislators assume office with pending criminal charges? Harking back to the historical roots of this phenomenon, Vaishnav shows that it is growing because of societal, political, and economic factors, and that legislation passed to contain these factors has hardly made any difference. Milan Vaishnav's analysis of this paradox is highly original and hugely fascinating, and will become a standard text on criminality, corruption, and democracy. Ironically, voters seem quite comfortable with this state of affairs. This strange coexistence of free and fair elections with criminality and money power is beautifully analyzed in this important new book on electoral politics.