Kashmir’s High Voter Turnout: Warning From 1987

  The first phase of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a turnout of more than 71%. This is the highest over the past 18 years (assembly elections in J&K are held every six years).   The high participation of voters, despite the boycott calls by separatist groups and the recent floods, is … Continued

The BJP’s Deep Inroads Into Maharashtra

  Maharashtra saw a saffron surge on Sunday with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the single largest party with 122 out of 288 seats, an increase of 165% from 2009. The Shiv Sena is the second largest party with 63 seats, an increase of 41%. Calling off the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) between the … Continued

Political Dynasties Alive And Well In Haryana, Maharashtra

  Indian politics is known for its dynasty politics, accepted by the electorate since Independence.   If the Nehru-Gandhi family has held sway at the Centre, the states have seen similar dynasties, including the Chautalas in Haryana, the Thackerays in Maharashtra, the Yadavs in Uttar Pradesh and the Gowdas in Karnataka.   The 2014 Lok … Continued

5 Charts of Maharashtra’s Political Fate

With a five-pronged contest in Maharashtra turning out to be a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), how did the leaders of different parties perform at the hustings?   BJP performed the best with its top five leaders winning their seats across the state. While former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan won his seat from … Continued

5 Factors That Decided Haryana, Maharashtra Elections

  (BJP president Amit Shah with party workers in New Delhi after the announcement of the results of Haryana and Maharashtra.)   What messages did the voters of Haryana and Maharashtra send out? From the election results of October 19, 2014, here are five of the most important factors in their decision:   1. The … Continued

Rural India Continues To Outvote Urban India

  In one of our pre-election reports, we looked at 20 most rural and urban constituencies to understand voting patterns.   We also looked at the difference in percentage points in the highest and lowest rural and urban voter participation.   The 2014 elections saw a record voter turnout of 66% as against 58% in … Continued

PM Modi Bets Big On Governance

Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, took charge at New Delhi’s South Block today.   A 45-member cabinet was sworn-in by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. The cabinet has seven women ministers, the average age is 58 years and average assets of the ministers stand at over Rs 13 crore.   … Continued

Look Carefully Where India’s Young Voters Are

  Did India’s first-time voters really deliver in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?   The answer is no but there is another angle for the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider: states with relatively low development (defined below) also have a high proportion of young voters. This is … Continued

How Many Murderers Are We Electing To Parliament?

India has a large proportion of criminals in politics who also get elected through the democratic process.   The latest statistics following the recent Lok Sabha elections stand like this: there are 186 Members of Parliament (MPs) who have criminal cases against them, nearly 34% of the total elected MPs. This number is the highest … Continued

Women Outvoted Men in 16 States/UTs

More women are turning out to vote, mostly to elect men it would appear. While there are only 61 women Members of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha, women voters turned out in large numbers across the country to exercise their franchise in the just concluded parliamentary elections.   Over 260 million women voters exercised … Continued