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    Is There Intra-party Democracy in Indian Political Parties?

    Ruchika Singh

    To what extent do political parties in India practice intra-party democracy in their functioning? Ruchika Singh analyses two important aspects of the internal functioning of political parties — the process of choosing candidates and distributing tickets for contesting elections, and the process of holding internal elections for various posts — ​and highlights the opacity that is a feature of many a political party in India.

Verdict 2014 Commentary and Analysis of Trends for the General Election 2014


Prof. Rajeeva L. Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute, gestures during the lecture. Photo: M. Prabhu

The Hindu Centre hosts lecture-discussion on Science Behind Opinion Polls

With the concept of opinion polls being dissected in political circles, Prof. Rajeeva L. Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute, demystified the science behind it, in a lecture-discussion at The Hindu Centre. Having illustrated it with experiences and anecdotes, he stated the factors behind the creation of a genuine effort in gauging the mood of the voters: the methodology, the maths behind votes to seats, the consideration of errors, and the credibility of a survey if taken scientifically.



The Puzzle of the BJP's Muslim Supporters in Gujarat

Raheel Dhattiwala

This report examines an extant political phenomenon in the State of Gujarat: the support of Muslims for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that many Muslims perceive as responsible for the brutal violence in the State in 2002 when at least a thousand Muslims were killed. Findings and implications presented in this report are based on 23 months of ethnographic fieldwork—in periods spanning three elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014—and an analysis of 101 polling booths in Ahmedabad city. Public support of Muslims for the BJP surged in the period 2010 to 2012. However, ecological inferences drawn from polling booth analysis raise the strong possibility that the public support did not translate into electoral support for the party in the 2012 State elections. A plausible explanation of such contradictory behaviour lies in the dependence of voters on state patronage of incumbent governments and in the expressive dissonance produced in absence of a space for dissent. In the period prior to the 2014 elections, public support for the BJP among Muslims had marginally reduced, perceived by Muslims as a sign of the BJP reneging on prior promises.

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