Emerging Trends in Indian Politics
As India faces the 17th Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, we reflect upon the past developments in the Indian political scene and think about what should be expected in the upcoming years.
In 2014, India elected, after 30 years, its first government with absolute majority. Will this be the new normal for the Indian Polity? And how does the presence of a Central Government with an absolute majority affect the Centre-State relations? What should be the next target after GST for achieving Cooperative Federalism?
The Indian elections are now being fought on the digital battlefields as well. Given the presence 337 million smartphone users, all the parties are stressing upon a strong digital presence. Consequently, is Indian politics moving away from grassroot level connections? How can we fight the fake news spate which has changed the course of elections in some countries? Finally, we try to understand what can be done to regulate the election funding in India.