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A 'Professor of Electoral Engineering': An election campaign in West Bengal

A new British Academy publication looks at ‘Diversity and Change in Modern India’, drawing on economic, social and political approaches. In her contribution to the volume, Dr Mukulika Banerjee provides an ethnography of an election campaign in West Bengal, based on a study of the elections won by the Left Front alliance of parties – including the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – between 1996 and 2005. The following extract describes her encounter with a particularly calculating electoral animal.

• Mukulika Banerjee

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, No. 15 (March 2010).