One way to de-polarise Indian politics—add MOTA to the ballot

In India's ‘first-past-the-post’ system, there's a perverse incentive for political parties and candidates to overtly antagonise one section of voters to secure another section’s votes. ...

Election results and the dangers of false explanations

Attributing causes to electoral outcomes in a democracy form a serious exercise that needs to be carried out with extreme rigour and care by experts ...

Opinion: Is The ‘Freebies’ Debate Genuine Or A PM Modi ‘Master Stroke’?

In June, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in a report raised alarm over the deteriorating fiscal condition of state governments caused by rising expenditure on what they termed 'freebies'. ...

A Reverse Swing

The common wisdom is that I will win in the next election but I don’t believe that. I think it is going to be the economy ...

Akhilesh Yadav Is Correct In Asking For Ban On Opinion Polls

Over the past few weeks, as is the norm, pre-election opinion polls for the state elections have been published widely across print, television and digital media. ...

Perils of the opinion poll

Praveen Chakravarty writes: More often than not, they are used to influence voting behaviour, not reflect it ...