Speaking on the Pragati Podcast, Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav of Carnegie's South Asia Programdiscussed findings from his book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. Vaishnav explained that the exorbitant costs of Indian elections have made running for office a privelege of the rich. As a result, political candidates with access to illicit wealth and criminal networks are often the most successful. Vaishnav also explored developments in campaign finance since his book was published, including the advent of electoral bonds.
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