Ashok Malik

Australia India Institute

Ashok Malik is an Indian current affairs columnist who writes for The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, The Pioneer and Tehelka.

He has also contributed to international publications such as Forbes and YaleGlobal Online.

Ashok’s writing focuses on government, politics and foreign policy. Much of his recent work has dealt with the impact of globalisation on our world and in particular its social spheres.

Ashok has been a journalist for 20 years now and recently authored a paper for the Lowy Institute on business and civil society influences on Indian foreign policy.

He obtained his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Calcutta, India.

What is remarkable about the final phase of the Indian election is that the dominant Congress Party is scarcely in contention, writes Ashok Malik.

Narendra Modi continues to enlist masterful media strategies to keep the spotlight just where he wants it - on him. Ashok Malik continues his phase-by-phase analysis of the Indian election as the final count looms.

With the marathon vote building to a crescendo on May 12, some heavy-weight contests are in play in ballot boxes today, the third last voting phase. Ashok Malik surveys the prospects.

On the looming fifth day of India's epic vote the destinies of two celebrity candidates will be decided. Ashok Malik contemplates what their real-life stories reveal of the political landscape.  

Narendra Modi's foreign policy experience in Gujarat could stand him in good stead if he comes to power in India writes Ashok Malik.

With so many contenders for so many votes and so many seats, polling in India has historically been a hit and miss affair. But the science of Indian psephology is evolving. Ashok Malik

India's election will take place at the intersection of two inexorable trends — urbanisation and 'youthification'.

Ashok Malik