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POLITICS OF FACTIONALISM IN PUNJAB: A CRITICAL STUDY OF SHIROMANI AKALI DAL

Bhupinder Singh
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 67, No. 4 (OCT. - DEC., 2006), pp. 839-848
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41856267
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Abstract

The political parties play an important role in a representative democratic system. Since, India is a democracy, hence the study of political parties become inevitable. Although, factionalism is a constant feature of every political part in India, but the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a regional party in Punjab, has always been splitting because of this phenomenon. Besides, it also affected the electoral performance of the SAD and its main rival, the Congress in Punjab. Therefore, the study of factionalism operating within the SAD is a great immense concern for the understanding of Indian politics in general and Punjab politics in particular. Consequently, a modest attempt has been made in this paper to evaluate the dynamics of Punjab politics in general and Sikh politics in particular by analyzing the rise, growth and effects of factionalism in the SAD.

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