Any large-scale income support program would require state capacity and fiscal resources. Unfortunately, both are in short supply in India.
India’s eastern seaboard accounts for one-quarter of the country’s population, and it represents the ruling party’s best chance to pick up new seats in the upcoming general election.
Women in India are voting in record numbers, with profound implications for campaigning and policymaking in the country.
Congress victories in three pivotal state elections provided much needed life to the moribund party.
While politics in Western liberal democracies revolves around a left-right spectrum, Indian politics is often characterized as non-ideological.
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 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.