The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University invite you to a virtual panel discussion on: Elections amidst a Pandemic: Decoding Verdict of Assembly Polls 2021
- SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner & Distinguished Fellow, TCPD
- Neelanjan Sircar, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University & Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR
- Gilles Verniers, Co-Director, TCPD & Assistant Professor, Ashoka University & Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR
- Rahul Verma, Fellow, CPR
- Yamini Aiyar, President & Chief Executive, CPR
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About the Discussion
The 2021 assembly elections, in hindsight, invite us to think deeply about many of the concerns they have brought to the fore. Against the backdrop of a devastating surge in COVID-19 numbers, incidence of violence and deeply polarising campaigns in West Bengal and Assam, the role of the Election Commission, this election season brought to light several serious challenges. Such unusual elections call for a different outlook on their outcome as well as the context that led to them. Rather than dissecting the results to minute details, the CPR-TCPD team will focus its analysis on the big picture message of the verdict. The panel will also discuss the performance of the BJP, the Congress, the Left Front, and various regional parties in these elections and the implications of the results for national politics.
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 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), a German-based foundation working in South Asia and other parts of the world on the subjects of critical social analysis and civic education. It promotes a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic social order, and aims at present members of society and decision-makers with alternative approaches to such an order. Research organisations, groups working for self-emancipation, and social activists are supported in their initiatives to develop models that have the potential to deliver social and economic justice. The work of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia can be accessed at www.rosalux.in