India Votes 2014

May 22, 2014
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Harry Hickman Building, Room 105, UVic
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Credit: Al Jazeera

The 2014 Indian election will be one of the largest democratic elections in the world, with 814.5 million eligible voters set to elect members of parliament in all 543 parliamentary constituencies. However, the election is not without its controversy, particularly around the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr. Narendra Modi, who has been chief minister of the state of Gujrat, is praised by many for his leadership and is slated to be the next prime minister of India. However, others point to criticism of Modi’s past and his inability to tackle poverty in his state. The country is divided and stakes are high for the ruling Congress Party and the BJP.  What is certain is that the results of the election will have an impact on India and around the world for years to come. 

Hosted by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and the Centre for Global Studies, the panel is moderated by Reeta Tremblay, Vice President Academic and Provost. Panelists include: Sikata Banerjee, Associate Dean, Humanities, Sudhir Nair, Assistant Professor, Gustavson School of Business, and Richa Sharma, PhD Student, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Refreshments provided.

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