India: How a Government Party Decays when Government Swallows Party
For the past half-century, India has displayed a deeprooted yet resilient stability. Since the British Raj ended in 1947, India’s constitutional regime has never been threatened by uprisings, military coups d’état or revolution, nor do such prospects lie on the horizon. India’s parliamentary democracy has a political legitimacy almost unparalleled in the developing world. It has witnessed orderly succession on the death in office of three prime ministers – Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966, and Indira Gandhi1 in 1984 – and it has repeatedly experienced peaceful transitions of political power from one party to another after free and competitive elections at both state and national levels. In short, India has a markedly stable democratic polity with its attendant political parties.
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