The Congress Party’s newest campaigner may not actually contest elections, but she will likely narrow a funding gap in a country where winning votes costs serious money.
The BJP will have a hard time replicating its 2014 performance in Uttar Pradesh this year. But as India's biggest electoral prize, the state is make-or-break.
Recent political finance ‘reforms’ in India will actually reduce transparency and openness in political funding.
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?