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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Monday, March 31, 2014

India Decides 2014

CASI has been running a major survey on social attitudes in India with 68,500 respondents across 24 states and union territories in conjunction with the Lok Foundation (India). In the run up to the Indian national election, scheduled for this spring, a detailed analysis of the survey results were published throughout the month of March by CASI Director, Professor Devesh Kapur and colleagues, in a four-part series with The Times of India. Further information will be available through CASI's new blog, IndiainTransition.com.

This week's article in the series reconciles conflicting findings from the Lok Surveys about the importance of caste and economics to the election.

March 30, 2014, Enter Caste-Plus Politics
Rajiv Lall

March 23, 2014, All in the Surname
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav

March 16, 2014, Growth is No. 1 Poll Issue for Voters, Survey Shows
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav

March 9, 2014, NDA Makes Gains with Urban, OBC Voters
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav 

In addition to these special columns, the CASI-Lok Foundation project has also received media attention from various other outlets including: The Hindu, Livemint, Financial Times, The Indian Express, Business Standard, Mail Online India, Aljazeera, and Bloomburg TV.

"The Voice of the People," Blake Cole. SAS Frontiers. March 2014
"Survey: Indian Voters Like Dynasties," Aljazeera. March 26, 2014
"India's Economy in the 2014 Election," Malini Bose. Albright Stonebridge Group. March 21, 2014
"Indian Elections: Debunking the Debunked Myths," Praveen Chakravarty. Business Standard. March 20, 2014
"THE BIGGER PICTURE: With Urbanisation a New Breed of Politician is Set to Dominate Indian Governance," Manoj Joshi. Mail Online India. March 20, 2014
"2009 Vote Share May be Reversed in 2014," Rukmini S. & Sowmiya Ashok. The Hindu. March 12, 2014
"NDA to Topple UPA in Lok Sabha Elections, Predicts Another Survey," Liz Mathew. Livemint. March 12, 2014
"Indian Election: Survey Shatters 5 Big Election Myths," Victor Mallet. Financial Times. March 12, 2014
"Economy Tops Voters’ Minds, Caste Takes a Backseat," The Indian Express. March 13, 2014
"NDA Makes Gains as Economy Tops Voters' Minds: Survey," Business Standard. March 13, 2014
"Political Capital: Myth that India's Muslims Vote Differently" (video featuring Milan Vaishnav)
"The Continuing Grip of Caste," Rukmini S. The Hindu. March 16, 2014

We will be extending our bi-weekly e-newsletter to a weekly distribution throughout the spring to coincide with the India national election.


CASI in the News

CASI Director Devesh Kapur co-authored along with Ananth Padmanabhan (LLM student, University of Pennsylvania Law School), "Finding Better Leaders" in the March 28, 2014 issue of Business Standard.

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CASI Student Programs

Be sure to follow the 2014 Summer Internship Class on the CASI Student blog. They will be writing their first entries over the next few weeks!

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Upcoming Events

Thusday, April 10, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

"Independent Judiciary and Rent Seeking: Evidence from the Ninth Schedule of the Indian Constitution"

CASI seminar by SHRUTI RAJAGOPALAN (Assistant Professor of Economics, State University of New York, Purchase College)

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Friday, April 18 & Saturday, April 19, 2014
at the University of Pennsylvania

"Chakshudana (Opening the Eyes)"
Conversations on South Asian Art Celebrating Michael W. Meister, W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies (Member, CASI Faculty Advisory Committee)

A CASI Co-Sponsored Event at the University of Pennsylvania

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Friday, April 18 & Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

"Property in South Asia: History, Law, and Politics"
Bringing together historians, political scientists, and scholars of religion and law, in this two-day conference will look at five key "moments" in the conceptualization of land control and the evolution of ideas and practices related to the disposition of land-based wealth in the South Asian subcontinent from the eras of early modern to the early post-colonial.

A CASI Co-Sponsored Event at the University of Pennsylvania

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