India’s 2019 Election and Possible Outcomes


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When: May 20 2019 - 12:00pm until May 20 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

India’s 2019 Election and Possible Outcomes

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. Ronojoy Sen
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Studies Programme,
National University of Singapore

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President & Director, East West Center in Washington

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The Indian national elections are being conducted over six weeks through April and May 2019. With 900 million eligible voters and one million polling booths, it is the world’s biggest exercise in democracy. The use of digital media and technology inDr. Ronojoy Sen the 2014 Indian national elections, particularly by the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been widely noted. In 2019, with an estimated half-a-billion Indians having access to the Internet, social media has played a greater role in the campaign of all political parties. The seminar, took place shortly before the results are announced, analyzed the nature of the election campaign, the dominant issues and the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on voters. It also looked ahead to the possible outcomes of the election and the prospects of government formation.

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Ronojoy Sen is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies and the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. He has worked for over a decade with leading Indian newspapers, most recently as an editor for The Times of India. His latest book is Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India (Columbia University Press/Penguin, 2015). He is also the author of Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2010) and has edited several books, the latest being Media at Work in China and India (Sage, 2015). He has contributed to edited volumes and has published in several leading journals. He also writes regularly for newspapers. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and read history at Presidency College, Calcutta. He has held visiting fellowships at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., the East-West Center Washington and the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Satu Limaye is Vice President and Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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