New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Penguin released The Verdict: Decoding India’s Elections, a definitive book on elections in India by eminent journalist and founder of the NDTV Group, Dr Prannoy Roy, along with Dorab Sopariwala, Editorial Adviser, NDTV. The book will be available across bookstores in March and will demystify the general elections and answer critical questions on electoral politics.
Positioned as a must-read for anyone interested in politics and elections in India, the book is based on rigorous psephology, original research and as-yet undisclosed facts. It will talk about the entire span of India’s electoral history – from the first elections in 1952, till today. Crucially, for 2019, it will give us pointers to look out for, in terms of the fate of the incumbent government.
Dr Roy says: “Nothing is more exciting than elections and nowhere in the world are elections more exciting than in India. So we decided to write a book about the Indian elections – what they mean to everybody, how they are different and what the underlying trends and forces are that determine their outcome.”
The Book: What are the key factors that win or lose elections in India? What does, or does not, make India’s democracy tick? Is this the end of anti-incumbency? Are opinion polls and exit polls reliable? How pervasive is the ‘fear factor’? Does the Indian woman’s vote matter? Does the selection of candidates impact results? Are elections becoming more democratic or less so? Can electronic voting machines (EVMs) be fiddled with? Can Indian elections be called ‘a jugaad system’?
Published on the eve of India’s next general elections, The Verdict uses rigorous psephology, original research and as-yet-undisclosed facts to talk about the entire span of India’s electoral history from the first elections in 1952. Crucially, for 2019, it provides pointers to look out for, to see if the incumbent government will win or lose.
Written by Prannoy Roy, renowned for his knack of demystifying electoral politics, and Dorab R. Sopariwala, this book is compulsory reading for anyone interested in politics and elections in India.