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Democratic Processes in the Context of Separatism and Political Divergence: An Analysis of 2014 Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir


  • Rekha Chowdhary


The 2014 assembly elections in conflict-ridden Jammu and Kashmir state was in news not only for the massive participation of people but also for the unprecedented performance of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its subsequent sharing of power with ideologically opposite People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This election forms a very important moment in the politics of the state which can help us comprehend the intricacies of internal politics of the state in the twofold context of separatism on the one hand, and regional political divergence on the other. This article seeks to focus on the changing nature of party politics in the last one-and-a-half decades and understand its implications in both the contexts. After analyzing the background context, especially separatism in the last two-and-a-half decades and regionalism within the state, the article goes on to analyze the outcome of the result and debate the concerns and challenges thrown up by the realignment of the political forces.

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  • Rekha Chowdhary, 2015. "Democratic Processes in the Context of Separatism and Political Divergence: An Analysis of 2014 Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir," Studies in Indian Politics, , vol. 3(2), pages 164-178, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:indpol:v:3:y:2015:i:2:p:164-178

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    Jammu and Kashmir; BJP; PDP; NC; assembly elections;


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