By Scott Farris
Because the 2012 presidential crusade starts: Profiles of twelve males who've run for the presidency and misplaced, yet who, even in defeat, have had a better effect on American heritage than lots of those that have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."
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Specifically familial obligations and expectations of modesty and virtue limit freedom of mobility, especially within spaces—usually all-male—necessary for informal networking and political bargaining. I will discuss this argument by looking at some successful politicians, the experience of women in some panchayats in Maharashtra, and the women in two Hindu nationalist organizations: Rashtriya Sevika Samiti (henceforth Samiti) and the Sadhvi Shakti Parishad (henceforth Parishad). I will begin by examining the manner in which these latter organizations have disseminated and politically used ideas of wifehood and motherhood, since they provide the strongest interpretation of these socially salient ideas of womanhood.
The case of the Congress defeat in the 1977 parliamentary election is somewhat unusual in the sense that the Congress upset was due to the harsh regime of a national Emergency that was imposed on the country in 1975 by the then prime minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, with a view to propping up her sagging political fortune. It was a very harsh regime in the sense that it meant authoritarian rule THE 2004 LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 5. 6. 7. 8. IN INDIA 31 without any constitutional or political restraints. Arbitrary measures included media censorship, political arrests without due process, perpetrating numerous atrocities in the country, and letting loose a regime of fear—all these factors made a deep impact on the psyche of the people.
7 There are several factors that account for the differential patterns of party competition in different states. The divergent state patterns of electoral competition present a variegated picture of electoral competition. This underlines the fact that diverse trends operate in different states indicating that when Congress dominance began to wilt, it reflected the decline in its social support base. If, as Chhibber and Petrocik argue, the Congress party is a coalition of state parties joined together in the venture of capturing power at the national and state levels,8 it follows that when the Congress lost its pre-eminent position and as politicization of state-based forces grew in intensity, the social bases from which the Congress drew its support began to move away to regional or state parties.
Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris