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India Decides 2014: Voters' Attitudes


India: The Votes Are In
On May 19, The Asia Society New York hosted a discussion on India’s elections, the results, and what they mean for Asia and the world, with CASI Director, Professor Devesh Kapur, CASI Senior Fellow and CASI International Advisory Board (IAB) Member, Dr. Marshall M. Bouton, former CASI IAB Member, Ambassador Frank Wisner, and TIME Magazine’s World Editor, Bobby Ghosh.
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CASI has been running a major panel survey on social attitudes in India with 68,500 respondents across 24 states with funding from the Lok Foundation. The research team includes CASI Director, Devesh Kapur, together with Neelanjan Sircar, CASI Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Megan Reed, CASI Research Coordinator and Milan Vaishnav, Associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In the run up to the Indian national election this past spring, a detailed analysis of the survey results were published in March by Professor Kapur and colleagues through a series of weekly articles in The Times of India, the largest English-language newspaper in India. Further information is available through CASI's new blog,

The Lok Survey is part of a larger CASI research project on urbanization and social change.

The Times of India Articles:
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

Read more about the Lok Survey statewise projected vote shares and methodology.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has partnered with Mint newspaper to produce a 10-part series on the post-election national agenda. The first piece in the series, written by Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment and member of CASI's International Advisory Board, highlights the challenges that the new government will face. CASI Director, Devesh Kapur and Carnegie Endowment Associate, Milan Vaishnav will explore ways of strengthening the rule of law in a later installment of the series.

Mint Articles:

June 17, 2014, Managing Strategic Partnerships
C. Raja Mohan

June 10, 2014, Dismantling the Welfare State
Surjit S. Bhalla

June 3, 2014, Correcting the Administrative Deficit
Bibek Debroy

May 27, 2014, Strengthening India's Rule of Law
Devesh Kapur & Milan Vaishnav

May 20, 2014, Reforming India's Energy Policy
Sunjoy Joshi

May 13, 2014, Fixing India's Healthcare System
A. K. Shiva Kumar

May 6, 2014, India's Quest for Jobs
Omkar Goswami

April 30, 2014, Revamping Agriculture and PDS
Ashok Gulati

April 23, 2014, Revisiting Manufacturing Policy
Rajiv Kumar

April 15, 2014, Getting India Back on Track
Ashley J. Tellis

Additional Media Coverage:
"We Are Connected," The Economist. April 5, 2014
"The Rural/Urban Divide Dies Out," Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav. Financial Times. April 3, 2014
"Voters See Criminality and Nepotism as the Price of Effective Governance in India," Barbara Crossette. The Nation. April 1, 2014
"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

India Decides 2014 Events:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
"Gaon Se Shehar Tak - The Indian Voter"
An Asia Society event with Surjit S. Bhalla, Dipankar Gupta, Devesh Kapur, and Rajiv Lall
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Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai
"Gaon Se Shehar Tak - The Indian Voter"
An Asia Society event with Devesh Kapur, Rajiv Lall, T. N. Ninan, Meera Sanyal, and Milan Vaishnav
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Tuesday, March 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC
"India Decides 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond"
with Devesh Kapur, Milan Vaishnav, George Perkovich,
and CASI IAB members Rajiv Lall, Arvind Subramanian, and Ashley Tellis
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Friday, March 28 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
"India Decides 2014: A Panel on the General Election"
with Neelanjan Sircar, Devesh Kapur, and Milan Vaishnav
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