Talk Radio News Service: “India Completes World’s Largest Democratic Election”, 16.05.2014 – Interview with Gurharpal Singh,

By Gurharpal Singh|May 19, 2014|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Evaluation & Results Analysis|0 comments

“I think we will see a major transformation in India’s foreign policy with this government,” Singh said. “It will be more assertive, more directly promoting India’s interest, and it will be interventionist.” Link to the article and the recorded interview: http://www.talkradionews.com/top-stories/2014/05/16/india-completes-worlds-largest-democratic-election.html#.U3nVddJdUsJ

The Indian Election and going beyond ‘the Road Shows’-a note by Sumit Roy

By Sana Shah|May 14, 2014|General|0 comments

The heat in Kolkata, West Bengal and most of India has been oppressive. This, however, has not sapped the enthusiasm of politicians and people to forge ahead with the largest election in theworld. Over 800 million have been eligible to vote with the percentage casting their vote ranging between 50-80% exceeding even the one in US Presidential elections. Indeed, the capacity of the nation to put democracy into practice has

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Indian election 2014: Domestic economic constraints and the external impacts of the world’s greatest exercise of democracy by Lawrence Saez and Elena Hoyos Ramirez

By Lawrence Saez |April 22, 2014|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Corruption, Economy, Foreign Policy, Indian National Congress (INC), Opinion Polls|0 comments

Starting in 7 April and continuing for five weeks, Indians are casting their votes to elect the representatives to the 16th Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament.  Early voter sampling suggests that this general election may be one of the most atypical elections in India’s political history given the high number of young, first time voters.  Such voters are demanding a change amidst the inability of the Congress Party-led

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‘The Muslim Vote: A View from Delhi’ by Heewon Kim

By Sana Shah|April 16, 2014|Policy Issues, Religious Minorities|0 comments

On 10th April 2014, on a hot and sultry summer’s morning, Delhi’s Muslims queued up outside polling station at Jamia school of Jamia Millia Islamia, a public central Muslim university located in Jamia Nagar (Muslim-concentrated area of Delhi), to cast their vote. While it has been said that Indian elections are colourful and festive, the road to Jamia Nagar was peaceful and quiet. One after another Muslim men and women

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‘Development’ and the Indian General Elections by Subir Sinha

By Subir Sinha|April 9, 2014|Development|0 comments

‘Development’ has become a key criterion for a substantial and vocal section of the Indian electorate to decide for whom they will vote in the Indian general elections. Particularly for the supporters of Narendra Modi, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, his USP is that during three continuous terms as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, he has been an exemplary developer, and that this makes him the right man

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Indian faces a critical general election? By Gurharpal Singh

By Gurharpal Singh|April 9, 2014|General|0 comments

As the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the question everyone is asking is who will lead a nation of 1.2 billion after 16th May 2014. According to opinion polls, the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is unlikely to be returned to power, with Congress recording its lowest ever tally of seats in parliament. After a decade in government, under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the UPA’s

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