March 20, 2014

Indian elections: Debunking the debunked myths

Courtesy: Business Standard

 

Praveen Chakravarty busts common elections myths as stated in a survey carried out by the Centre for Advanced Studies of India at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Endowment.

 

In this Business Standard article he writes "To any observer of Indian elections, it is very apparent that incomes and prices have always been core issues in an election, and hence this is no surprise. Welfare economics or otherwise is an economic ideology debate. But that, prices, incomes and consumption are important to voters is evident through the copious sloganeering of most political parties over many years - subsidised rice, poverty eradication, free laptops and so on. These are economic issues and it is no myth that they are not important to a voter..... When political parties pick candidates, it is obvious that "winnability" is the primary criterion. The BJP candidate list for 2014 is filled with new dynasts similar to the lists of the Congress, DMK, Samajwadi Party, BJD and so on, and only reiterates that it is no myth that dynastic politics is a big Indian voter issue mostly for news desks, television studios and foreign journalists. It didn't require a voter survey to conclude that these are not true issues for voters because if they were, political parties would have adapted their behaviour accordingly"

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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