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#ElectionWatch 2014: The World's Largest "Democracy" Votes

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For their first events of the semester, Tufts' South Asian Political Action Committee presents a discussion series monitoring and analyzing the lead-up to India's upcoming elections. Join us to discuss what India's future holds, and which Prime Ministerial candidate stands the best chance.

India‚Äôs political landscape has seen the recent emergence of a new contender in the Aam Aadmi Party, but can they feasibly become a serious player on the national level - and behind which candidate? BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) candidate Narendra Modi has faced criticism for his alleged involvement in sectarian violence as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, in which economic growth is at a ten-year low - but does he present a preferable alternative to current stagnation? And what is the future of the incumbent Congress party, which has been plagued by corruption scandals and has yet to announce their Prime Ministerial candidate? 

The political, social, and economic future of India has never been more uncertain! Everyone is welcome - Indian or not, well-informed or just curious - to join us in deconstructing the world's largest democracy.

The theme of this first discussion in our series is GOOD GOVERNANCE. Join SAPAC on TUESDAY, 28th JANUARY for a brief overview of current Indian politics, followed by lively debate. What defines "good governance" in a democratic context? What does this mean for the upcoming elections - the largest democratic exercise in human history?