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Foreign and security policy increasingly important in the Indian elections

By Klaus Voll / 21 March, 2019

In the run-up to the elections in India, the domestic landscape has dramatically changed in the wake of the recent terror attack in Kashmir, the Indian Air Force strike in Pakistan as well as the Pakistani response. It is expected that foreign and security policy will have decisive repercussions on...

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China’s influence on the elections in India

By Srikanth Kondapalli / 21 March, 2019

As economic ties between India and China are growing closer, a link between business influence, political parties and electoral funding appears in India. The ‘China factor’ is becoming increasingly important in the country’s political context.   India, with its over 800 million eligible voters, is heading for general elections in...

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India and its neighbours – tensions in the election campaign

By Joyce Sabina Lobo / 21 March, 2019

India’s relations with its South Asian neighbours don’t make or break fortunes of political parties during Indian elections. Domestic politics occupy the vast space of debate and electoral battles. However, through issues like territory, illegal migration and terrorism, a certain number of neighbouring countries are present in the campaign.  ...

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India: what divides Modi’s BJP and Gandhi’s Congress?

By Klaus Voll / 18 March, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP has advocated for an “India without Congress” and will do everything to retain its power. Can the Congress party, linked to to the Gandhi family, bounce back from its all-time low in the April general elections? India will experience a most bitter campaign, defining the...

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Is India changing? Politics and jobs ahead of the 2019 general elections

By Sabina Dewan / 15 March, 2019

Indians are optimistic. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, three out of four Indians believe that “when children today in India grow up, they will be better off financially than their parents.” Much of this optimism is linked to the world’s largest democracy enjoying 7 percent...


Indian democracy in danger – open and hidden dimensions of the upcoming elections

By Prem Shankar Jha / 14 March, 2019

Between April and May, Indians will vote for a new parliament. It will be India’s 17th general election in 67 years of independance, and not a single time has the verdict been challenged or the integrity of the electoral system been questioned. On the surface Indian democracy could not be...

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