Factional Politics in an Indian State: The Congress Party of Uttar Pradesh.

By: Brass, Paul R.

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Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), xiv, 262 pp. Very Good, with former-owner bookplate, in a Good, mylar protected dust jacket with light rumpling and edgewear. From dust jacket: In the transition from a nationalist movement to a political party the Indian National Congress, unlike many dominant parties of newly-independent nations, has chosen to compete with opposition parties for popular support, to manage rather than suppress internal conflict. An important consequence of this decision has been the development of a political situation in which factions and coalitions of factions have become the basic working units of the Congress party, and their unceasing conflicts a constant threat to its endurance. Basing his investigations on interviews with more than two hundred political leaders and other politically informed individuals, Mr. Brass examines the impact of internal factionalism upon the ability of the Congress to deal effectively with the diverse forces in its environment. Concentrating on the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, he analyzes the problems of party organization at the local and district levels, where modern politics and the traditional society meet. In the districts, the Congress must deal with such forces as Hindu-Muslim tension, conflict and alliance between castes, and the continuing influence of ex-landlords in the countryside. These and other problems, common to much of India, are investigated in depth as they occur in Uttar Pradesh and as they affect the adjustment of the modern party organization to the traditional order.

Title: Factional Politics in an Indian State: The Congress Party of Uttar Pradesh.

Author Name: Brass, Paul R.

Location Published: Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1965. First Edition, Review Copy.

Categories: Asian History

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