Neighbour's religion can influence voting in slums1 min read 03 Mar 2021, 08:57 AM IST
Leaders in these slums exercise patronage politics, promising people of the same religion public services in return for votes
Patronage networks favour one group over others and are harmful in the long run
Despite all their poverty, slums are diverse places, with people from different regions, religions and castes living in close proximity. But this can also create animosity. A new study finds that slum dwellers having more neighbours outside their religion are more likely to vote for candidates from their own faith. They possibly think the candidate, when elected, will look after them in the fight for government resources.
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