Podcast: Notes from the campaign trail; and Rukmini S on election reporting
This week on the Grand Tamasha podcast, James Crabtree of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and author of the best-selling book, The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age, joins Milan Vaishnav (Director of the South Asia programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) to talk about his recent campaign trip to Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The two discuss the pitched battle in UP, the impact of Priyanka Gandhi, and the BJP’s rise in West Bengal. Milan and James also discuss the menace of stray cattle in Uttar Pradesh and its impact on rural voters.
Then, Milan speaks with freelance data journalist and author of the Scroll.in series, How India Votes, Rukmini S. She shares her disappointment with the state of election reporting in India and the struggle to generate a theory of the Indian voter.
Milan and Rukmini also talk about gender and caste - two important themes of the 2019 election that could shape the final outcome. The two conclude with a discussion of the challenges that the BJP faces in replicating its landmark 2014 performance.