Ballots and Breakups: The Games Politicians Play

Ballots and Breakups: The Games Politicians Play

by Sunita Aron

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Winning elections is not everything, what is crucial for the good health of a robust democracy is forming a government.
From strategically devised pre-poll alliances to hastily stitched together post-poll associations, noted journalist Sunita Aron has travelled the length and breadth of the country, painstakingly documenting the drama and dharma of coalition politics in India. The result of her exhaustive research and insightful analysis, Ballots and Breakups is a cracker of a read. As Indian voters deliver fractured verdicts, political parties resort to constructing fragile coalitions by hook or by crook. The hapless casualties of this relentless quest for power are the Indian voters and this book is for them, as the writer eloquently exhorts for the need of common guidelines on the formation of a government in the case of a hung house.
A gripping take on coalition politics in India, Aron charts a riveting tale of modern Indian politics that has all the masala of a Bollywood potboiler, but the ending, the writer asserts, has to be happy like that of any Hindi film, 'stable governments and a prosperous society even in a hung house!'

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ISBN-13: 9789388414180
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 06/24/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 571 KB

About the Author

Sunita Aron is a political analyst and senior resident editor, Hindustan Times (Lucknow edition), having in-depth knowledge of the political, social and economic environment, acquired over more than three decades as a journalist. Besides being the first resident editor in North India, she held charge of the Uttarakhand and Rajasthan editions and also worked as roving editor at Hindustan Times, Mumbai. A regular blogger, she provides insights into a variety of social and political issues. She earlier wrote Akhilesh Yadav: Winds of Change (2013)

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