Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: Book Release cum Discussion

Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class authored by Sanjay Kumar was released on 21 August 2013 at India International Centre, New Delhi. It was followed by a discussion on the book and the panelists were: Suhas Palshikar, University of Pune; Ravish Kumar, NDTV and Yogendra Yadav, CSDS. The book  is an in-depth analysis of voting patterns of voters in Delhi. Rapid immigration has changed the social profile of Delhi’s voters who seemed to vote more on class lines than caste as witnessed in many states. With the influx of people from various states the demographic profile of Delhi has changed with a sizeable majority of migrants in many assembly constituencies leading to a distinct impact on the electoral politics.

Since Delhi attracts people from various regions, it has resulted in a cosmopolitan culture. As compared to the past, class differences have become sharper reflecting not only about people’s perception regarding various issues, but also voting. By using first-hand survey data of a cross-section of voters, the author demonstrates the voting patterns of the last four assembly elections and illustrates how class is more important than caste in Delhi’s politics today.

Sanjay Kumar is Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.