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?'
- 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
- Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD & Assistant Professor, Ashoka University and Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR
About the Discussion
The upcoming Bihar election is an opportunity to reassess the political developments in the state since the 1990s. The politics of social justice that emanated from Bihar changed the political calculus across the north-India states. Many have argued that voters' expectations are undergoing a sea change and identity issues are losing its pre-eminence. The rise of BJP from a marginal player in the state to a frontrunner has brought created a high-powered election that defies easy interpretation of the nature of electoral competition in 2020.
The talk would focus on salient issues, caste dynamics, and key players that can decisively impact the election equation and potentially alter the trajectory of Bihar politics for a long time to come.
About the Series
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics brings together academicians, policy and political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India. It provides a forum for intellectually rigorous, non-partisan commentary to strengthen public discourse on politics in India. This dialogue series is an effort to understand the changing dynamics of Indian political parties, the impact of new and emerging social movements and the use of new instruments of mobilisation in our polity.
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues is curated by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University. Founded in 1973, CPR is one of India’s leading think tanks, providing rigorous policy research on a variety of issues. Founded in 2015, TCPD is among India’s most well-respected institutions working with political data, providing data-driven research, policy work and journalism on India’s political life by producing and disseminating in open access scientifically collected and treated political data. The CPR-TCPD Dialogues leverages the unique strengths of these two institutions to provide rigorous and innovative commentary on India’s social and political challenges.
The event is held in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS).