ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Does Development Motivate More to Vote?

Despite the usual arguments made in India about vote banks based on caste, religion, class, money, and other benefits, have times changed? Do citizens of India now vote for promises of development? With all signs indicating socio-economic progress over the years, has development as an objective under deliberative democracy entered the psyche of India's voters? And have two major election reforms--reducing the voting age to 18 and introducing a "None of the above" option on ballot papers--changed voting patterns in India? The answers to all these seem to be negative.

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