Like the previous year, 2018 was marked by a series of vigilante attacks and gruesome acts of violence against women. The Supreme Court passed important gender-related progressive judgements, yet the institution and other public bodies witnessed unprecedented infighting, scandal, and politicization. The Indian economy showed increased growth. The year witnessed the first major electoral setback since 2014 for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and foreshadowed what will likely be a hotly contested general election in 2019.
India in 2018: Crises of Institutional Legitimacy and Gender
Nirvikar Jassal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2018–19 Minerva Peace and Security Fellow at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Pradeep Chhibber is Professor of Political Science and the Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-author of Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India (Oxford, 2018). Email: <email@example.com>.
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Nirvikar Jassal, Pradeep Chhibber; India in 2018: Crises of Institutional Legitimacy and Gender. Asian Survey 1 February 2019; 59 (1): 85–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.1.85
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