Opinion | Vote-bank politics is not always bad for democracy4 min read . Updated: 08 Apr 2019, 12:01 AM IST
Trouble arises only if a party appeals to a particular group at the cost of another group’s interests
In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections this year, the term “vote-bank politics" has been used many times by politicians, journalists, election analysts and others, mostly with a negative connotation. The term “vote bank" was coined by M. N. Srinivas, a sociologist who first used it in his 1955 paper, The Social System Of A Mysore Village, in the context of political influence exerted by a patron over a client.
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