Analysis

With almost half the world's population set to cast a vote in this year, 2014 is shaping up as one of democracy's biggest (and most challanging) years.
Nick Reece

 

Despite the street protests over attacks on women in India in recent years, issues of violence, gender and women's representation have been largely lost in the election campaign, argues Swati Parashar.

Water and energy security are India's greatest challenges. Former Energy Minister Suresh Prabhu discusses the challenges and opportunities for the next Indian Government at a recent Australia India Institute event.

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Energised by a new leader with a formidable mandate, India is about to stir. Australia must reach out to capitalise on the moment, argues Amitabh Mattoo.

As the Indian election looms, the nation's industrialists and media powerbrokers are performing a delicate dance of influence.
Swati Chaturvedi.

Indian students at the University of Melbourne reflect on the campaign: Oishik Sircar (doctoral candidate, Melbourne Law School), Mayur Bedre (Master of International Relations) and Shantanu Mehra (Masters of Islamic Studies, Asia Institute) join Australia India Institute fellow Nirupama Subramanian.

When the ballot boxes finally close on 12 May, the horse-trading for power begins in earnest. Who are the regional and minor parties whose allegiences will shape the next Parliament? Grant Wyeth explores India's crowded political landscape.

In the wake of the ruling Congress Party's near annihilation in the polls, the question is on many lips. Is this the end for the Gandhi family and its epic political legacy? By Mosiqi Acharya 

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

Ashok Malik

Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Nicholas Reece and Nirupama Subramanian go through the key features of the election in this Election Watch primer presentation.  

The delicate, difficult task for the next Indian Prime Minister will be to develop a strategy for dealing with China that capitalises on the benefits of the relationship - trade, investment, cooperation on issues of mutual concern - while minimising the potential for conflict. By Pradeep Taneja.

Dr Swati Parashar reviews the recent Indian elections and gives her thoughts on how issues of gender equality were handled.

The sheer scale of this exercise in democracy is mind-boggling.
Pradeep Taneja

India's engagement with its neighbours and the wider world has been neglected for too long. Amitabh Mattoo outlines an agenda for the next government.

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.

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