Conservative in Practice: The Transformation of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh

  title={Conservative in Practice: The Transformation of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh},
  author={Gilles Verniers},
  journal={Studies in Indian Politics},
  pages={44 - 59}
Political conservatism in India is usually associated with right-wing traditionalist positions infused with religion, or with forms of economic liberal conservatism, the kind of which the Swatantra Party briefly incarnated. This article asks if the notion of conservatism can be useful to study non-Hindu right parties, by considering the trajectory of the Samajwadi Party, in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Born out of the socialist tradition, the Samajwadi Party spearheaded the struggle for… 
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