CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics
This monthly event brings together academicians, policymakers, political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India.
Office of PR & Communications3 June, 2018 | 5 min read
The Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University and the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) have partnered to create a seminar series on Indian Politics. The CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics is a monthly event that brings together academicians, policymakers, political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India. It provides a forum for intellectually rigorous, non-partisan commentary to strengthen public discourse on politics in India. In these polarized times, debates on politics in India have tended to be increasingly noisy, blurring the lines between critical engagement and partisan endorsement. This dialogue series is an effort to carve out a space for critical, nuanced engagement to understand the changing dynamics of Indian political parties, the impact of new and emerging social movements and the use of new instruments of mobilization in our polity.
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues is curated by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University. Founded in 1973, CPR is one of India’s leading think tanks, providing rigorous policy research on a variety of issues. Founded in 2015, TCPD is a research centre dedicated to the dissemination of scientifically treated, open access data on India’s political life. It produces data-driven research and supports data-driven journalism and policy work. The CPR-TCPD Dialogues leverages the unique strengths of these two institutions to provide rigorous and innovative commentary on India’s social and political challenges.
The series started with a panel on the Karnataka elections, which brought together Sreenivasan Jain (Managing Editor, NDTV), Manisha Priyam, Associate Professor (NUEPA), Sugata Srinivasaraju (Co-Founder and Editorial Director, The State) and Dr. Neelanjan Sircar (Senior Fellow, CPR and Assistant Professor at Ashoka University). Milan Vaishnav, Director and Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, led the conversation in our second event, on the place of money in Indian elections. The third event of the series will attempt to define a research agenda for the next general elections.