Election Blog

This blog showcases some of the work done by Ashoka students and scholars affiliated with TCPD during this election season. They are meant to provide impressions from the campaign as well as insights from fieldwork. Views are personal.

Death of a Timeless City

“Benares sukh ka bhuka nahi, samadhan ka bhuka hai”, said Amitabh Bhattacharya, a 68 year old resident of Varanasi who has been a journalist at the Northern Indian Patrika—one of the country’s oldest newspapers—for more than four decades.

What Do We Vote For?

SONIPAT, FEBRUARY 5: ​ Sixty year old M.L Sharma sits at his desk hidden behind sheets of newsprint. His Malviya Nagar news and magazine shop sells papers meant for all kinds of audiences: from the middle class Hindi

Why do People Vote?

Sunita Dahiya sits in her small notary office in Rai, Haryana, signing documents and talking to the locals of the area. In terms of elections, she is well aware of the current political climate; she knows the member