Indian Politics

Question 1: We know that the poor are in the majority in India and that they actively participate in elections. Given that India is a democracy, why is poverty still pervasive?

Question 2: Ashutosh Varshney has described Hindu-Muslim divides as the “master narrative of Indian politics.” Others argue that Indian politics cannot be understood without reference to caste. Which perspective do you agree with and why?

Question 3: Some argue that Indian democracy is effective at accommodating economic, social, and territorial differences among its population, whereas others believe that it is based on exclusion of certain groups. Which perspective do you agree with and why?