What election manifestos tell us about Indian politics
SummaryA study of UPA and NDA poll promises reveals notable patterns and also helps us track the maturity of our electoral politics
In the chaotic celebration of democracy in India, ‘The government has failed its promises’ is a perennial part of the noise. Television debates, newspaper analyses and even dinner conversations carry this grudge. For opposition parties, this is typically the central hinge of their campaigns. Yet, the country’s discourse has remained informal, generic and casual, with little systematic effort to pin down the government on promises it ‘really’ made.