This blog is a Data Scientist’s view of Indian Politics, from a Madras perspective.
Interesting to read your views on the party manifestos.
I work for a child rights org – would you be interested in undertaking an analysis for us on all party manifestos and the coverage of children’s issues?
Look fwd to hearing from you!
I enjoy reading all your posts and your articles.
I am working on a project to study the Voter attitude and behaviour in the state of Goa
I wanted your opinion on selecting the best sample size and class..
Goa has two Districts with around a million electorate
1. North Goa – (20 constituencies)
2. South Goa – (20 constituencies)
Each constituency has about 30-40 parts.
As I am doing this project alone, I can’t interview more 100-200 people..
So I’d be grateful if you guide me in selecting my Sample size and class.
Big fan of your ideologies and perspective.
Can you please give us permission to translate some of your articles in to Tamil for Solvanam.com?
It is a Tamil internet magazine and it has no commerce on its site, and is entirely non profit and all editors are volunteers.
You can see more on our website and you can reach me at bsubra at gmail dot com
Dear Mr. Puram, I am taking the liberty to paste a note on Bihar polls on your comment section. Thank You
Chai-wala vs Gai-wala
Is there a difference between presenting oneself, economically backward to socially backward?
Representative Democracy is a system, where elected officials represent the group of people who have chosen them. Since each individual is different hence what represent A may not represent B, so the leaders try to create an image which represent majority. In India majority of people are poor thus leaders try hard to brand themselves as one with humble economic background for example Chai-wala (tea-seller N.Modi). Likewise the caste system in Indian society depicts social inequality and majority are backward therefore leaders brand themselves as backward for example Gai-wala (cow- rearer, L.Yadav). The stories of Chai-wala, Dudh-wala, Gai-wala, and caste-wala etc are to sell similarities to the citizens who are choosing their representatives. Is there a difference between presenting oneself as economically backward to socially backward? No I think, as long as the representatives fulfill the promises they have made to uplift people economically and socially.
In the above background let us come to Bihar elections, BJP and its friends are blaming caste arithmetic for their losses in recent state elections. After fielding candidates of majority castes in most of the constituency and partnering with backward caste leaders like Mr. Paswan, Mr. Manjhi and Mr. Kushwaha, it is nasty of BJP to blame the caste arithmetic behind their loss in Bihar. Prime Minister and BJP’s star campaigner, Mr. Modi went out of the way to convince backward caste people, he even scared them that opposition may take a certain percentage of reservation and give it to religious minority hence it is a failure of communication or the credibility of communicator. Vote transfer among RJD, INC and JDU shows the determination of voters against the center government and progressive work done by Nitish led state government. Instead of introspection of their own failure to fulfill the promises they have made during parliamentary elections, it is mischievously convenient as well as lazy for BJP to blame the voters for voting on caste basis.
Expectations from Nitish led alliance are heavy; relaxing on government program or fighting with partners can prove fatal, convicted in fodder scam Lalu is his desired liability. Winning upper cast citizen’s (who may have voted for BJP) confidence to move ahead would be a progressive step. Lalu has shown his developmental capability while turning around railways into modern machinery; he will lose nothing if he acts less comic among the urban audience in the era of symbolic representativism.
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