The Modi lahar (wave) in the 2014 Indian national election: A critical realignment?

  title={The Modi lahar (wave) in the 2014 Indian national election: A critical realignment?},
  author={Priya Chacko and Peter Mayer},
  journal={Australian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={518 - 528}
  • P. Chacko, P. Mayer
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Political Science
  • Australian Journal of Political Science
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