Seven decades after India gained independence, women are still woefully underrepresented as political candidates in state and national elections. Yet despite their gross underrepresentation as politicians in the upper echelons of India’s electoral system, women have made great strides as voters.
In India’s patriarchal society, many more women are voting. Will their newfound clout reshape the country’s politics?
One-third of Indian state and national legislators enter office with pending criminal charges. Do voters actually prefer criminal candidates?
In 2000, just 20 million Indians had access to the internet. By 2020, the country’s online community is projected to exceed 700 million and more than a billion Indians are expected to be online by 2025.
As belt and road investments have rolled out across the world, they have been dogged by allegations of corruption and enabled by China’s willingness to seemingly ignore poor governance in its partners.
As India gears up for next year’s general election, there is genuine uncertainty about the eventual outcome of the country’s gargantuan polls. Yet there is widespread consensus on one thing: the 2019 election will be one of the world’s most expensive on record.
Two nuclear-armed rivals in South Asia—India and Pakistan—have not fought openly since the 1999 Kargil conflict, but the lack of active war has not meant the absence of violence.
The number of ceasefire violations in Kashmir has risen dramatically in recent years. These deteriorating conditions along the border may be a good measure of India-Pakistan relations.
One political party dominates the world’s largest democracy. Why has India’s BJP become so powerful?
The Congress must stem its electoral bleeding, and also rejuvenate its atrophied party organization.