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Debate | Roundtable

India Votes 2019: National, Regional and Global Reverberations

  • Prof. Pralay Kanungo (Fellow, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt University, Germany and Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
  • Dr. Nicolas Jaoul (EHESS, Paris)
  • Nira Wickramasinghe
  • Nicolas Blarel
Thursday 2 May 2019
Afterwards there is a reception in the basement area of Vrieshof 3 - 18:30-19:30
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room 104 (Verbarium)

Between April and May 2019, 900 million Indians will vote in a seven-phase mega-event that will elect 543 members to the Lok Sabha (lower house) of the Indian parliament. When the results are declared on 23 May, the world would have witnessed one of the largest democratic electoral exercises in the world. This is a critical election not only for the fate of the current government; it will also determine the trajectory and character of politics, economy and society in the coming decade. These elections also hold enormous implications for regional politics in the Indian subcontinent, Asia and the world at large. How can the 2019 Indian elections be read in the context of global political currents of this decade? How will the results of this election shape and reflect the potential nature of democratic politics globally?

We welcome you to this roundtable that will situate the Indian elections in its local, national, sub-continental and global contexts.

The roundtable will reflect upon the key players in the elections, the changing dynamics of regional players, democratic populism and majoritarian politics, while thinking about India’s global footprints. We welcome to this conversation, students, scholars, journalists and activists, as well as members of the public at large.

For details on the Roundtable programme, please download this document.

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