Unpacking the results of the Karnataka Elections

Presenters: Neelanjan Sircar, Sreenivasan Jain, Manisha Priyam, Sugata SrinivasarajuIn the tumultous aftermath of the Karnataka election, many questions remain. What explains the BJP’s strong performance and the decline in Congress’s seats? What role did the JD(S) play? What is the relevance of the election for the 2019 Lok Sabha election? This event brings together experts […]

Countdown to 2019: A Conversation on Politics, Elections, and Money

Presenters: Milan VaishnavThe run up to the 2019 national election promises to be exciting. Join us for a conversation with eminent political scientist Milan Vaishnav for a deep dive into the current state of Indian politics. Dr Vaishnav will focus on the seedy underbelly of electoral politics — how candidates are chosen, how parties and […]

Interpreting the 2019 elections: Settling a research agenda

Presenters: Ashutosh Varshney, Pradeep Chhibber, Vandita Mishra, Aditi PhadnisThe run up to the general elections in 2019 have already generated heated political debate. As political activity gains momentum, researchers and observers of Indian politics face the formidable task of interpreting and analysing the implications of these activities both on the immediate elections as well as […]

Crony populism

Presenters: Michael Walton, James CrabtreePopulism has emerged in various forms in many parts of the world in recent years. While it is typically associated with an anti-establishment and anti-elite narrative, it is striking how it often coincides with cronyism—favored relations between the state and (some) big business. This talk will seek to put some structure […]

The Long March to 2019: Understanding the rise of farmers movements and its impact on the 2019 election

Presenters: Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Harish Damodaran, V M SinghAs we approach the 2019 general elections, Rural and Agricultural distress is an issue which is likely to dominate the election discourse. Over the last few years, India has seen a significant increase in farmers movements, best exemplified by the ‘Kisan Long March’ which signified the emergence of […]

Making Sense of the December 11 Results

Presenters: Neelanjan Sircar, Gilles Verniers, Yamini AiyarThe state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telengana and Mizoram are the last electoral tests for before the 2019 general elections. What do these results say about the state of strength of both national parties? How does the Congress-TDP alliance prefigure future opposition alignment? What do we learn […]

Digital politics and networks of environmental activism during the climate strikes in 2019

Our latest virtual workshop on Friday was with Aasim Khan (Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, IIIT Delhi) where we heard about youth participation in the 2019 environmental protests in Delhi and Bangalore. Khan co-authored the work with Sarayu Natarajan from the Aapti Institute. A great Q&A with the audience followed. […]

India and China: Problems that Persist

Speaker: Nirupama Rao (Former Ambassador to China) As part of our weekly Friday workshops, we had an hour-long conversation with Ms. Nirupama Menon Rao, the former Indian Foreign Secretary and the head of the Indian Foreign Service from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Rao spoke to us about the history of the tensions between Indian and […]

Politicians, Gurus or Technocrats? Insights from Prime Ministers’s Speeches in Contemporary India

Speaker: Jean-Thomas Martelli (Centre de Sciences Humaines) This week for our Weekly Virtual Workshop, we hosted Jean-Thomas Martelli and his colleagues from the Centre de Sciences Humaines.They presented their fascinating research spanning text analysis on historical archives. We also saw some snippets of artificial speeches created by the GPT-2 machine learning algorithm on behalf of […]

Where does government come from?

Speaker: Jagdeep Chhokar (Association of Democratic Reforms) Professor Jagdeep Chhokar led an interactive session where he encouraged us to think about how a democracy is supposed to function right from the level of the individual voter to the political party. He stressed the importance of our fundamental duties as individuals in building a functioning democracy.

Researching Criminal Justice in India

Speaker: Anup Surendranath (NLU Delhi; Centre on the Death Penalty) This week we were joined by Anup Surendranath of NLU, Delhi, and Executive director Project 39 A. He spoke about the complexities of criminal justice research in India: the lack of efficient legal representation, little regard for the social context of the accused, the ethics […]

Synchronized Elections, Voter Behavior, and Governance Outcomes: Evidence from India

Speaker: Apurav Yash Bhatiya (PhD candidate, University of Warwick) Apurav Bhatiya from the University of Warwick took us through his research on the topic of synchronised elections and voter behaviour in TCPD's weekly virtual workshop series.We are happy to announce that the Centre has launched its youtube channel where you may access insightful discussions and […]

Webinar on ‘India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders’ by Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah’

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Centre for Policy Research & Trivedi Centre for Political Data (Ashoka University) invite you to the book launch of 'India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders' by Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah The book will be launched through a conversation between: Devendra Fadnavis, Former Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Milind Deora, Former Union Minister […]

Doing Journalism in the Time of Modi

Speakers: Harish KhareMr. Harish Khare, distinguished journalist and former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from 2009 - 2012 took us through an overview of the evolving face of Indian media through the decades.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4ebDp9EQdA

Role of Civil Society in India

Speaker: Luis Miranda (Chairman, Centre for Civil Society) Luis Miranda spoke on the importance of civil society to a functioning democracy. He highlighted the role of civil society orates and citizens. He also stressed on the need to incorporate multiple perspectives. He urges that anyone can contribute to a civil society, not necessarily by leading, […]

The Political Economy of Bureaucratic Overload: Evidence from Rural Development Officials in India

Speaker: Aditya Dasgupta (University of California, Merced) Aditya Dasgupta presented his paper, "Political Economy of Bureaucratic Overload", which is a study involving Block Development Officers (BDOs) in India. His study offers three key conclusions; first, that BDOs are often forced to multitask due to resource scarcity, second, their inability to focus on managerial activities affects […]

Political Ethnography: On the Ethnographic Approach to Politics

Speakers: Uday Chandra (Georgetown University, Qatar)Uday Chandra spoke on the ethnographic approach to studying politics, building on three case studies from his past work. He highlighted the approaches to ethnographic work and how various factors determine these approaches. His advice to beginners who want to conduct ethnographic work: learn by example, rather than through textbooks, […]

Discussion on ‘Will 2020 herald a new political equation in Bihar?’

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Centre for Policy Research & Trivedi Centre for Political Data (Ashoka University) invite you to a discussion on: 'Will 2020 herald a new political equation in Bihar?' Panelists: Jeffrey Witsoe, Associate Professor, Union College, USA Sajjan Kumar, Author, and Independent Researcher Poulomi Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Canada Neelanjan Sircar, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR Moderator: Gilles […]

Propaganda and Populism: The Role of the Media in Fuelling Political Polarization”

Speaker: Maya Mirchandani (Ashoka University) Maya Mirchandani, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Ashoka University joined us yesterday as part of the Centre's Virtual Lecture Series. She spoke about the evolving face of Indian media and its vulnerabilities to political pressures. She also touched upon the role that funding plays in influencing the stances of […]

The Causes and Consequences of Militarized Policing

Speakers: Erica De Bruin (Hamilton College)Based on her newly created dataset, Erica De Bruin (Hamilton College) shows that police forces around the globe have become more militarized—adopting the weaponry, culture, and organizational structures of military forces.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqziTqRwma8

Should News be Subject to TRPs?

Speakers: SY Quraishi, Vikram Chandra and Maya MirchandaniThe Centre in collaboration with Ashoka University's Department for Media Studies hosted a panel consisting of the former Election Commissioner of India, SY Quraishi and Vikram Chandra, well known journalist and founder of Editorji Technologies. The panel was moderated by Maya Mirchandani, who is faculty associate at TCPD […]

Discussion on ‘Analysing the Bihar Election Result’

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Centre for Policy Research & Trivedi Centre for Political Data (Ashoka University) invite you to a discussion on: 'Analysing the Bihar Election Result' The CPR Politics Team will present a data-driven analysis of the Bihar assembly election results. Panelists: Vandita Mishra, Opinion Editor, The Indian Express Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD & Assistant Professor, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, […]

Minority Politics in Bihar

Speakers: Julien Levesque (Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH))Julien Levesque, from Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH Delhi), gives a useful overview of minority politics in Bihar and proposes an insightful typology of minority mobilization in that state.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXCwRMoP26s

“The Futility of the Anti-Defection Law.”

Speaker: Rajeev Gowda (former Rajya Sabha MP) Former Rajya Sabha MP and National spokesperson Indian National Congress Rajeev Gowda was in Conversation with Dr.S.Y Quraishi who spoke about law and its ramifications. The session was moderated by Gilles Verniers of Trivedi Centre for Political Data Ashoka University

Movement in Context: Agrarian Transformations in India

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Speakers: Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Senior Fellow, CPR and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University Harish Damodaran, Rural Affairs and Agriculture Editor, Indian Express Surinder Jhodka, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University Moderator: Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR About the Discussion The passing of […]

Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India: Discussing ‘The Population Myth’

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In conversation: Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics and Founding Director, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis, Ashoka University Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology, King's India Institute, London Mohammad A.Khan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Ashoka University Moderator: Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD and Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, […]

How the RSS is reshaping Indian Democracy?

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Centre for Policy Research and Trivedi Centre for Political Data is Hosting poet Badri Narayan's book "Republic of Hindutva" He will be in conversation: Saba Naqvi Author and Journalist Varghese K George: Associate Editor, The Hindu Amit Ahuja: Associate Professor, University of California Santa Barbara The Session will be moderated by: Gilles Verniers    

Elections amidst a Pandemic: Decoding Verdict of Assembly Polls 2021

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The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual panel discussion on Elections amidst a Pandemic: Decoding Verdict of Assembly Polls 2021 Panelists: SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner & Distinguished Fellow, TCPD Neelanjan Sircar, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University & Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR Gilles Verniers, […]

CPR-TCPD Dialogues: Living Together, Separately

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  Panellists: SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner & Distinguished Fellow, TCPD Satendra Kumar, Political Ethnographer & Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Simla Neera Chandoke, Former Professor of Political Science, Delhi University Moderator: Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD & Assistant Professor, Ashoka University

CPR-TCPD Discussion: The Politics of Crime in Uttar Pradesh

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The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual panel discussion on The Politics  of Crime in Uttar Pradesh Panellists:  Arunabh Saikia, Journalist, Scroll Beatrice Jauregui, Associate Professor, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto Laurent Gayer, Researcher, Center for International […]

CPR-TCPD discussion: Transforming Uttar Pradesh’s Economy

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The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual panel discussion on: Transforming Uttar Pradesh's Economy Panelists:  Avani Kapur, Fellow and Director, Accountability Initiative, CPR Harish Damodaran, Senior Fellow, CPR Ravi Srivastava, Director, Centre for Employment Studies, Institute for Human Development, Delhi Moderator: Yamini Aiyar, […]

Discussion on: Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India by Rukmini S.

    The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual book discussion on: Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India by Rukmini S. Panelists:  Rukmini S, Author and Independent Data Journalist. Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow and Director, South Asia Program […]

CPR-TCPD discussion: Political Consultants and Datafication of India’s Election Campaigns

  The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual panel discussion on Political Consultants and Datafication of India's Election Campaigns Panellists:  Amogh Dhar Sharma, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford Shivam Shankar Singh, Author, How to Win an Indian Election Sumitra Badrinathan, Postdoctoral Research […]

Decoding the Assembly Elections 2022 Results

About the Discussion: What do the assembly election results tell us about Indian electoral politics? What are the key trends that have emerged? What are the implications of these results for the 2024 national elections? Scholars at the Politics Initiative at CPR will present a data-driven analysis of the verdict of the five assembly elections […]

Unpacking the Uttar Pradesh Verdict

About the Discussion: The BJP has successfully retained power in the politically significant state of Uttar Pradesh. What explains BJP’s performance? Why did the opposition fail to put up a formidable challenge? Does this historic return of the incumbent signal what is in store in 2024, when Lok Sabha elections are to be held? Scholars at the […]