Trends and dimensions of political participation in India: An analysis since 1989 general elections
Author(s): Manini Behera and Dr. Rajshree Dutta
Abstract: The political participation of different categories has increased in recent elections in India as compared to the elections held after independence. The term political participation is often used to describe an action taken by a citizen to influence the outcome of a political issue. No definition is universally accepted, but political participation can be defined as those actions of private citizens by which they seek to influence or to support government decision-making. In India voting is the primary means of political participation. A unique and special political act, voting allows for the views of more people to be represented than any other activity. In the general elections held since 1989 to the present elections of 2019, different sections of society like the male, female and youth has actively participated. Effective political participation is an indicator of true democracy. The higher the participation of people, the healthier the democracy. The voting percentage of male as compared to female and youth is always high. But now the trends are changing, women and youth are also participating in politics due to the influence of social media and different awareness policies of government. There has been a visible change in the level of political participation since 1989 general elections. This study aims to focus on some of these trends.
Manini Behera, Dr. Rajshree Dutta. Trends and dimensions of political participation in India: An analysis since 1989 general elections. Int J Political Sci Governance 2021;3(1):44-48. DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2021.v3.i1a.88