Can Modi Win the World’s Biggest Election?
Free Public Lecture
Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria
179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
More than half a billion Indians will cast their ballots in early 2019. After a landslide victory in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second five-year term, but must first overcome a resurgent opposition led by Rahul Gandhi. Join our expert panel to dissect the key issues that will shape the largest exercise of democracy in human history.
Chaired by Ali Moore, Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, this discussion will serve as a broad introduction to the emerging political cycle in India. Panellists will explore the key political issues that will shape the coming six months and reflect on the Modi government’s performance and delivery of election promises.
This event will serve as the launch of the Indian Election Series – a partnership between the Australia India Institute and the Melbourne School of Government’s Election Watch. The series will provide expert analysis, insight and thought-leadership on Indian politics and what shifts in Delhi could mean for Australia.
A range of articles by world-leading thinkers on India will be co-published by the Australia India Institute and Election Watch following this event.
This lecture is held as part of India Week, the Australia India Institute’s annual celebration of all things India.
Dr Pradeep Taneja, Lecturer
Dr Pradeep Taneja
University of Melbourne
Dr Pradeep Taneja lectures in Asian politics, political economy and international relations at the University of Melbourne. He is currently researching the rise of China and India as regional and global powers and the relationship between democracy and development in Asia.
Dr Usha Manchanda, Senior Lecturer
Dr Usha Manchanda
Dr Usha Manchanda is a senior lecturer at Deakin University with research achievements in contemporary journalism practices in India and Australia. She has coauthored three books on contemporary media practices, including two books on Indian media – Indian News Media in a Globalised World (2010) and Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant (2015). She has conducted research on how Modi has been using social media to connect with his followers directly, and in the process sidelining India’s vast mainstream media.
Professor Robin Jeffrey, Distinguished Fellow
Professor Robin Jeffrey
Australia India Institute
Professor Robin Jeffrey has forged a distinguished career researching and writing on the modern history and politics of India. He has published books on the Indian newspaper industry, political implications of the mobile phone revolution and, most recently, on India’s waste industry.
Ms Ali Moore, Vice Chancellor's Fellow
Ms Ali Moore
Vice Chancellor's Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Ali Moore is a highly respected journalist and broadcaster, having worked in senior roles at the ABC, the Nine Network and the BBC. She previously hosted Lateline and the 7:30 report on the ABC before moving to Singapore to report on Asia for the BBC.