Electoral Politics in India: Book Discussion

A book discussion on Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party edited by Suhas Palshikar, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjay Lodha was held on 9 August 2017 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The discussants were Sanjay Lodha, Seema Chishti, and Mahesh Rangarajan. It was chaired by Ghanshyam Shah.

The general elections held in 2014 in India-the largest democracy in the world- to elect the 16th Lok Sabha brought in dramatic results. This important volume explains not only the startling victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but also the equally surprising downfall of the Congress Party. It examines not why BJP won and the Congress lost, but why the scale of BJP’s victory and that of Congress’s defeat was so very different from the results in the years 2004 and 2009. The volume presents an in-depth analysis of the electoral results, state-wise studies, the factors leading up to these outcomes, and the road India has travelled since then.

Chair
Ghanshyam Shah, former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Discussants
Sanjay Lodha, Professor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.
Seema Chishti, Deputy Editor, The Indian Express, New Delhi
Mahesh Rangarajan, Dean, Academic Affairs, Ashoka University, Sonepat.

Welcome
Sanjay Kumar, Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Vote of Thanks
Suhas Palshikar, former Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
6.30 pm, India International Centre
Max Muellar Marg, New Delhi