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

Irfan Ahmad and Pralay Kanungo


Electoral democracy combines the ideas and practices of warfare and welfare, where both work in tandem as near synonyms. India’s robust electoral democracy exemplifies this combination in diverse forms. Critically analysing the 2014 Parliamentary elections beyond the seduction of immediacy and bare cold statistics, this book puts human subjectivity at the centre of election studies and, through an anthropological–sociological approach, makes lives—human and non-human, lived and unlived or unlivable—central to any understanding of elections and democracy. Crafting a new, comprehensive approach, ... More

Keywords: charisma, 2014 elections, democracy, Hindus, Muslims, media, Narendra Modi, polarization, anthropology–sociology, political science, development, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199489626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irfan Ahmad, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany

Pralay Kanungo, editor
ICCR Chair in Contemporary India Studies & Fellow, IIAS, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands