University Lecture Series - Elections 2019 - A Radical Rupture By Mukulika Banerjee

University Lecture Series  - Elections 2019 - A Radical Rupture By Mukulika Banerjee
Apr 10, 2019 05:00 PM Ahmedabad University Room 106, GICT Building, Central Campus Lectures Series

Abstract: Indians will vote again for the 17th Lok Sabha in elections in April and May 2019. The country has changed gears for the long ride of election season and the Model Code of Conduct is in place. Voters lists are readied, candidates nominated and campaigns and manifestoes have been unleashed on the electorate. But are the 2019 elections the same as Indian elections before it?  This lecture will demonstrate that while on the surface things remain the same – the 2019 elections are a radical departure from the manner in which India has conducted elections. Key aspects of Indian elections – the icing of India’s democratic cake – have been seriously compromised. It remains to be seen whether the reasons Why India Votes? remain the same. 

Speaker: Mukulika Banerjee is the inaugural Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She studied in Delhi and Oxford universities and taught at Oxford and UCL before joining LSE. She has conducted ethnographic research in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (NWFP), Pakistan between 1990-1993 and in India since 1998. She has published widely and her publications include Why India Votes? (2014), The Pathan Unarmed (2001) and The Sari (2003) and edited Muslim Portraits (2007). Her forthcoming monograph Cultivating Democracy is based on fifteen years of research in rural India.
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