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Election Rally

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The World's Largest Democracy Has Voted! What was the result and what does it mean?

Thursday 23. May 2019, at 16:00 until at 19:00

Venue: Kjelleren - The Basement

Host: Asianettverket, India-studier ved UiO, Institutt for statsvitenskap ved UiO, Asiapunkt og Norway India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NICCI).

Entrance: Free entry

Every sixth person on this planet is Indian. For the past five years, they have been ruled by Hindu nationalists and the strongman leader, Narendra Modi. Now is a new election.

Against them is poised the latest generation of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, trying to attract voters on a welfare policy platform. A variety of other political leaders and parties try out different alliances and appeals.

And what is important to the voter? Foreign policy and Kashmir? Welfare and economic growth? Regional identities? Trustworthy leaders, strongmen or strong institutions?

The election result will be announced on Thursday 23 May.

What will it all mean for India for the next five years? What does the result tell us about tensions in society, what room is there for consensus on economic policy and foreign policy, and is the country moving towards stronger strongmen and more powerful nationalism or does it exhibit its historical diversity and secularism?

All welcome to listen and contribute!