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Politics in India's Really Really Big Election

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Indian resident Santoshi Bhumej, the first voter who entered the polling booth to cast her vote, poses after voting in Dibrugarh on April 7, 2014, during national elections. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty)

Today is the third day of voting in the 2014 Indian elections. Marshall Bouton, interim director of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former special assistant to the US ambassador to India, discusses the big issues in the vote, who the candidates are, and what role religious affiliations are playing in the election.

Guests:

Marshall Bouton

Comments [10]

Shaheen from New Jersey

Gujarat development is a myth more than anything else
“Generally one finds a positive association between income and poverty (lower poverty), and human development (higher). Higher position in human development ranking relative to poverty is an evidence of pro-people welfare state. One finds such an association in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal and even Orissa, which has higher HDI ranking compared with respective ranking in per capita income and poverty.” Gujarat lags far behind.
More Gujarati farmers have committed suicide than any other state in the country.
Gujarat is a game for playing the politics of development and no one is caring to assess if such tall claims have any truth behind them. Hype and hoopla built around FDI in Gujarat is a lie. Gujarat can be considered a hunting ground for NRI and corporate politics, and the FDI hype is designed to facilitate tax subsidies, cheap licensing, underpriced land and low royalty payments to the investors. Often the politics works in such a way that Gujarat is used as a platform for corporate negotiations and investments in other states.

Apr. 10 2014 01:40 PM
Shaheen from New Jersey

Gujarat development is a myth more than anything else
“Generally one finds a positive association between income and poverty (lower poverty), and human development (higher). Higher position in human development ranking relative to poverty is an evidence of pro-people welfare state. One finds such an association in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal and even Orissa, which has higher HDI ranking compared with respective ranking in per capita income and poverty.” Gujarat lags far behind.
More Gujarati farmers have committed suicide than any other state in the country.
Gujarat is a game for playing the politics of development and no one is caring to assess if such tall claims have any truth behind them. Hype and hoopla built around FDI in Gujarat is a lie. Gujarat can be considered a hunting ground for NRI and corporate politics, and the FDI hype is designed to facilitate tax subsidies, cheap licensing, underpriced land and low royalty payments to the investors. Often the politics works in such a way that Gujarat is used as a platform for corporate negotiations and investments in other states.

Apr. 10 2014 01:40 PM
Shaheen from New Jersey

Gujarat development is a myth more than anything else
“Generally one finds a positive association between income and poverty (lower poverty), and human development (higher). Higher position in human development ranking relative to poverty is an evidence of pro-people welfare state. One finds such an association in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal and even Orissa, which has higher HDI ranking compared with respective ranking in per capita income and poverty.” Gujarat lags far behind.
More Gujarati farmers have committed suicide than any other state in the country.
Gujarat is a game for playing the politics of development and no one is caring to assess if such tall claims have any truth behind them. Hype and hoopla built around FDI in Gujarat is a lie. Gujarat can be considered a hunting ground for NRI and corporate politics, and the FDI hype is designed to facilitate tax subsidies, cheap licensing, underpriced land and low royalty payments to the investors. Often the politics works in such a way that Gujarat is used as a platform for corporate negotiations and investments in other states.

Apr. 10 2014 01:39 PM
Shaheen from New Jersey

Gujarat development is a myth more than anything else
“Generally one finds a positive association between income and poverty (lower poverty), and human development (higher). Higher position in human development ranking relative to poverty is an evidence of pro-people welfare state. One finds such an association in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal and even Orissa, which has higher HDI ranking compared with respective ranking in per capita income and poverty.” Gujarat lags far behind.
More Gujarati farmers have committed suicide than any other state in the country.
Gujarat is a game for playing the politics of development and no one is caring to assess if such tall claims have any truth behind them. Hype and hoopla built around FDI in Gujarat is a lie. Gujarat can be considered a hunting ground for NRI and corporate politics, and the FDI hype is designed to facilitate tax subsidies, cheap licensing, underpriced land and low royalty payments to the investors. Often the politics works in such a way that Gujarat is used as a platform for corporate negotiations and investments in other states.

Apr. 10 2014 01:39 PM
nazeer from Sayreville

Hi Brian,

Here are my thoughts.

Modi's VISA to USA was denied for his involvement in Gujarat Genocide in 2002 where a member of congress was killed along with more than 1000 being killed, women raped, Children burned alive.

Also in Gujarat there anti Conversion Law where minority Christian are prosecuted.

There is hype about development in Gujarat, there are a lot of Farmers's suicide due to their bad conditions.

US Congressional Hearing highlights plight of minorities in India recently pointed out dangers and concerns when BJP comming to power.
http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org/press/cag.pr.04apr2014.php

Apr. 10 2014 11:01 AM
Academic Mom from Northern NJ

Caller Paula provided a refreshing counterpoint to the pro-Modi narrative of many Indian Americans. Human rights and dangerous nationalism not as important at at best, uneven "economic development."

Apr. 10 2014 10:48 AM
Amy from Manhattan

In response to the 1st call, how much will economic growth in India really benefit poor people there? Is income inequality at a scale that would mean most of the benefit would go to rich people? Even if it brings jobs to poor people, would their working conditions & safety be protected?

Apr. 10 2014 10:45 AM
Amy from Manhattan

In response to the 1st call, how much will economic growth in India really benefit poor people there? Is income inequality at a scale that would mean most of the benefit would go to rich people? Even if it brings jobs to poor people, would their working conditions & safety be protected?

Apr. 10 2014 10:42 AM
hari

Hoping to see the dynasty politics finally come to an end with congress defeat.

Apr. 10 2014 10:30 AM

Brian - How will Bridgegae affect this election in India?
What does the electorate think of Chris Christie?
Will Christie carry Mumbai?

Apr. 10 2014 10:27 AM

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