Lok Sabha polls 2019 — the world’s largest democratic election exercise — is underway. While you pick your candidate and eagerly wait for May 23 when the results will be announced, here are some new releases to help you make sense of the electoral jamboree.
The Virtual Hindu Rashtra: Saffron Nationalism and New Media by Rohit Chopra (HarperCollins India, ₹399), analyses Hindu nationalist advocacy and cyber activist movements across social media and a range of internet spaces. The book explores authoritarian regimes across the world and how new media is redefining the terms of democratic engagement.
Democracy on the Road: A 25 Year Journey through India by Ruchir Sharma (Penguin, ₹699)True to its title, this part-travelogue, part-analysis decodes the throbbing heart of India’s democracy through Sharma’s own experiences of interacting with citizens and political leaders. It recounts important political events that happened during his 25-year travels across the country.
How to Win an Indian Election: What Political Parties Don’t Want You to Know by Shivam Shankar Singh(Penguin, ₹250), provides an insight into the tools and strategies employed by political parties to swing the results in their favour. It dissects data and examines the research provided by Singh’s personal experiences up until his departure from the BJP in 2018.
Every Vote Counts: The Story of India’s Elections by Navin Chawla (HarperCollins India, ₹699). The former Chief Election Commissioner answers the buzzing question of how the enormous task of conducting the great Indian election in the largest democracy in the world is undertaken by the Election Commission of India.
The Verdict: Decoding India’s Elections by Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala (Vintage Books, ₹599) .The book attempts to decode the modern electoral landscape by distilling and presenting complex information to a more a general audience, starting with a look back at the first general election of 1952. Addressing topics ranging from the potency of opinion and exit polls to tampering of the EVMs to the anti-incumbency factor, the veteran analysts discuss and debate the factors that will decide the fate of the nation for the next five years.