About the elections in Karnataka, Neel asks:† “Once again. So whats new? Nothing much.”
Ah, but there is something new this time.††Over 30 years back, a constitutional amendment had frozen the map of India’s parliamentary and legislative constituencies to reflect the India of 1971. The moratorium has now ended, and the picture has moved forward to reflect the India of 2001, an India that is much more urban than it was in 1971.† I have reflected briefly on what urbanization means for India’s politics in the January 2008 Pragati†
Karnataka is the first state to go to the polls after the delimitation. Of course, both voters and politicians will take time to adjust to the new situation, but if I am right, this will be the beginning of one of the most significant changes in India’s politics, rivalling the change brought about by VP Singh in 1991.