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

  • The forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, on Monday evening, was packed to capacity with invitees and members of the media at the swearing-in ceremony of the NDA government on Monday. Photo: PTI


An unManifesto discussion being held with transgenders and sex workers in Delhi. Photo: ComMutiny the media network

Shivani Gupta

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which rode to power on the back of popular disenchantment, has a lot to deliver to keep up its poll promises. With the youth emerging as an important constituency, Shivani Gupta urges the government to go beyond poll promises and chalk out tangible policies based on a nation-wide pre-election exercise, which came up with charter of demands that reflect the younger generation’s aspirations.


At a village level consultation as part of the All India People's Manifesto, in Odisha. Village, panchayat, block, constituency, State and national level hearings and consultations were held, which led to the development of State and national level manifestoes, which were shared with political representatives.

Mandira Moddie

The new government, which was swept to power on the mandate of good governance, cannot ignore the sections that have faced systemic exclusion. In this article, Mandira Moddie calls for effective implementation of the rights-based initiatives introduced by the outgoing government, and for bold initiatives that will result in people-centred development.


Martha C. Nussbaum

Gujarat's "development" – the centrepiece of the campaign by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi – hardly stands on firm ground. This is particularly evident when analysing other States with comparable growth rates. In this special essay, Martha C. Nussbaum points out that the Modi-model of growth and governance has led to Gujarat lagging behind other Indian States on critical indicators, and this may prove inadequate for India’s future as well.



When the Mango People Came

A young resident of Nausera village, Mewat district, climbs a structure to get a better look at Dr. Yogendra Yadav's speech. Photo: Vasundhara Sirnate

Vasundhara Sirnate

India’s new political entrant, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), hopes to deliver to the nation clean and transparent governance. The Hindu Centre’s Vasundhara Sirnate gives a ringside view of the AAP’s unique electioneering style, the expectations the people have of it, the constituents it addresses, and the potential that the party holds to reshape the nation’s democratic discourse and institutions.


The Resources section provides links to full text versions of important documents relating to the General Election 2014. These include downloadable PDF versions of key documents from the Election Commission of India, manifestos of major political parties, both national and regional, the schedule of the elections, affidavits of important candidates, and other related documents.