Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Why has the opposition to the Congress in Maharashtra always been so weak?

The Maharashtra elections results can't be explained by Raj Thackeray alone, as I argue in this opinion piece in today's Indian Express. The larger question is why the opposition to the Congress in Maharasthra has historically been so lame. Another question, which my piece doesn't answer, is why certain states (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh for instance) have a historic legacy of the Congress being associated with certain dominant castes (Marathas and Reddys respectively) that gives them such a head start. Any thoughts?
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