Despite obvious obfuscation, there is much to be learned from asking politicians about campaign finance and the role of black money in Indian elections.
While genuine political finance reform would be politically popular for the BJP, recent moves have done little to enhance transparency or dampen flow of black money.
India is no stranger to the dilemma of money in politics, but this nexus has not been the subject of sustained scholarly attention.
Money does not guarantee electoral victory in India; what it does is guarantee you a seat at the table.
The 2019 elections will be an important moment to see whether India can remain a civilisational state cultivating coalition politics as a way to perpetuate “unity in diversity” or it will continue its recent march towards a unitary, ethno-religious state.
After four years, Modi and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) remain the favorite in most of the large states of India, contributing to great opposition coordination for the 2019 election. But if Modi loses popularity, the BJP could be in trouble.
The first in-depth investigation of the role money plays in the world’s largest democracy.
Indian democracy is arguably the biggest loser of the recent drama-filled elections in Karnataka, which are likely to erode trust in the system and cause lasting damage to norms and institutions.
The precarious position in which the Congress Party now finds itself belies the tremendous effort that it invested in the recent campaign in Karnataka.
In May 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will mark two important milestones.