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For instance, how can free and fair democratic processes exist alongside rampant criminality? Why do political parties recruit candidates with reputations for wrongdoing? Why are one-third of state and national legislators elected and often re-elected in spite of criminal charges pending against them?
- When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics
- Interview – Milan Vaishnav
- Why Money and Muscle Still Rule in Indian Politics
As India is gearing up for elections, everyone seems to be going crazy trying to predict who will win.
When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics
Vaishnav, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, argues that India, in embracing democracy before it developed stable institutions, became a fertile ground for criminals to get involved in politics — and eventually to become politicians themselves. A: There is a very clear nexus between crime and politics in India that is being fueled by two sets of factors. First, as elections have grown costlier, parties are desperate to identify candidates with deep pockets. This has led them to embrace wealthy individuals with often dubious reputations. Second, voters have their own reasons to support candidates with questionable pasts. Where government is unable to fulfill its basic responsibilities and social divisions are rife, voters seek refuge in strongmen who can deliver what the state cannot.
Interview – Milan Vaishnav
Candidates in elections weren't required to disclose their finances or criminal histories until Mr Vaishnav makes prodigious use of the data trove that is now available, however, and the numbers get crunched in eye-popping ways. When Crime Pays offers some intriguing insights into what is a disturbing feature of India's electoral democracy. Vaishnav makes prodigious use of the data trove that is now available, however, and the numbers get crunched in eye-popping ways. Harking back to the historical roots of this phenomenon, Vaishnav shows that it is growing because of societal, political, and economic factors, and that legislation passed to contain these factors has hardly made any difference. Milan Vaishnav's analysis of this paradox is highly original and hugely fascinating, and will become a standard text on criminality, corruption and democracy. Ironically, voters seem quite comfortable with this state of affairs.
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Why Money and Muscle Still Rule in Indian Politics
Sunila S. Her teaching and research focus on Indian politics, the political economy of development, and energy studies. The subjects of crime and corruption remain perennially important for social scientists concerned with the nature of power, authority, and order. As a scholar of South Asia, Kale's approach in the essay is to use insights from Pierce to reflect on the methodological and theoretical choices in Vaishnav's account of India's criminal politicians.
In India, one in three Members of Parliament face criminal charges. These are not always criminal charges related to political activity and civil disobedience, usually associated with politicians. One in five Members of Parliament face serious criminal charges like kidnapping, intimidation, extortion, murder, etc. Why do so many criminals stand for election in India, and why does the Indian electorate vote these criminals into office? This is even more peculiar if one looks at how poorly democracy has fared in the rest of the South Asian region.
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