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The violent masculinity and lack of civility in this campaign have shattered any illusions of a changing public discourse about women's rights in India, says  Swati Parashar.

 

As India prepares for the world's biggest election, Nirupama Subramanian spoke with ABC Radio National Drive on the logistics of the poll.

New Indian PM Narendra Modi's decision to invite the neighbours to his swearing-in ceremony was unprecedented and, hopefully, will play out as more than a symbolic gesture. By Mosiqi Acharya. Images: Getty

Is the new Aam Aadmi Party — or "common man's party" — Middle Class Radicalism or India’s New Political Zeitgeist?
Amitabh Mattoo

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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When the hoopla of India's epic exercise of democracy settles, the winner will face a formidable task in reviving the nation's economy from the doldrums.

TCA Srinivasa Raghavan lays out the problems, identifies the solutions, and contemplates the hurdles.

Indians love their movie stars, and political parties love the votes they deliver. But it is a most tempetuous love story, as Mosiqi Acharya explains. 

From the streets of Delhi to the backwaters of Kerala, phase three of the election will take in more than 100 million people writes Nirupama Subramanian.

India's new political leadership has been unveiled. Read Mosiqi Acharya's formguide to who's who in Modi's inner circle. 

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Bloodlines have long determined power in the world's largest democracy. Might the family business be challenged this election?
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.

The polls open next week on the epic five-week Indian Election 2014. (From left) Melbourne University's Dr Pradeep Taneja, Australia India Institute (AII) Director Amitabh Mattoo and eminent journalist and AII Fellow Nirupama Subramanian sum up the form of the candidates and the campaign.

Tomorrow India will have a new Prime Minister. The smart money says it will be the BJP's polarising Narendra Modi. Veteran Indian political commentator Swapan Dasgupta, visiting Melbourne, contemplates what that will mean.

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

The Indian National Congress is seeking to inspire and stoke feelings of national proide in its latest TV advertisement. 

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