[skip to content]

SOAS South Asia Institute

The Indian General Elections and After


Date: 10 June 2014Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 10 June 2014Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell SquareRoom: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room, 21, Russell Sq.

Type of Event: Workshop

The 16th Lok Sabha elections are being held against the backdrop of major political and economic challenges facing Indian democracy. After a decade in power, the Congress-led United Progress Alliance (UPA) faces a determined contest from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and the Third Front.  This workshop will bring together some of the leading political scientists and commentators working on India. It will review how the campaign was conducted, the key issues that dominated the campaign, and examine in detail the electoral performance of the national and regional parties in shaping the 16th Lok Sabha.  The workshop will also reflect on the outcomes of the elections for government formation and the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the new administration. 

Tea and Coffee
 09.50-10.00 Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Gurharpal Singh

Session 1: Results and performance

  • Prof. James Manor, ICS
    ‘An overview of the campaign and results’
  • Prof. Sandeep Shastri, Jain University, Bangalore
    ‘2014 Lok Sabha Elections: leadership as a factor in voter choice’

 Session 2: The  campaign and regional performance  

  • Subir Sinha, SOAS
    ‘The dilemmas of development: the campaign and after’
  • Dr. James Chiriyankandath,  ICS
    ‘Yes, but not in the South’: national parties and regional politics
  • Prof. Gurharpal Singh, SOAS
    ‘Against the Modi wave: anti-incumbency and regional politics in Punjab’
 13.15-14.00 Lunch

Session 3: The new government and the challenges ahead

  • Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot, CNRS and King’s College
    ‘The BJP's rise to power: what hegemony?’
  • Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS
    ‘Foreign Policy and Security Challenges’
  • Uday S. Mehta, CUNY, New York
    ‘The challenge of maintaining a complex vision of the social and the political’

Session 4: Election process and election integrity

  • Prof. Lawrence Saez, SOAS &Dr.  Carolien van Ham, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Twente
    ‘Measuring election integrity in India: conceptual and empirical challenges’
  • Dr.Simona Vittorini, SOAS
    ‘Vote for India’: some considerations on the Election Commission of India voter education and electoral participation campaign’

By invitation only.

Organised by Gurharpal Singh and Heewon Kim (PhD Student, SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute

Contact email: ssai@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4390