The Janata Interludes: Democracy, Plurality and Social Change in India

Every nation arrives at a crossroads when the existing regime becomes oppressive and people start looking for an alternative. At this juncture, they abandon the uneasy security of a longstanding governing dispensation and opt for the risky experiment of a new political combination. This, the Indian people did in 1977 and again in1989. These two political experiments were eventful periods in the history of Indian democracy. In 1989 as in 1977, the people voted for a broad-based alliance of political interests with contradictory socio-economic ambitions. However, the disintegration of the Janata experiment in 1979, the collapse of the National Front Government in 1990 and the decline of the Left show that the Indian democratic political process is still in the realm of basic experimenting and learning. In this respect, elections in India can now be seen not merely as useful indicators but as the events through which the party system and hence in a measure the political system achieve their evolution.

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Dr. Pavithran K. S, former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences & Director, K.M. Centre for West Asian Studies and Indian Ocean Studies, University of Calicut, is the Editor of ISDA Journal: Studies in Development and Public Policy, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Political Science and Editorial Advisory Board Member of a number of reputed journals including South Asian Journal of Socio- Political Studies. He has been a Member of the Governing Council of the Kerala State Higher Education Council during (2008- 2012).
He is the author of Non-Aligned Movement: Unipolar World and Beyond (2007), Foreign Policy and Maritime Security of India, ed. (2013), and Human Rights in India: Discourses and Contestations, ed. (2018). He is currently working on a new book, Indian Communism: Ideological Evolution, Globalisation and Crisis in Praxis.

1 Introduction
2 Back-Lash of Emergency and The Formation of Janata Party
3 The 1977 Lok Sabha Elections: Democracy Revisited
4 Politics After The Poll: Fragmentation and Instability
5 Promises and Performance: Failure and Disintegration of Janata Party
6 Coalition At The Centre National Front Forms The Government
7 The Communal Dimension: Politics at Cross Roads
8 Left Politics: Retrospect and Prospect
9 Conclusion