Note: The original version of the article was published on December 23rd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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Credit: Walter Alternatives

In the last few weeks, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections have been covered extensively in the news. In the run-up to the elections, various parties revealed their manifestos in order to attract voters. Free water supply was a common promise in the manifestos of all the parties. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) promised free water for all up to 20,000 litres, while the Indian National Congress promised up to 30,000 litres of free water for all.

Free water as an election promise is nothing new. The Arvind Kejriwal — led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised the same to voters in the national capital in 2013. Several parties, including the INC in Rajasthan, have promised voters the same. Undoubtedly, the right and access to clean water is a human right and any political party in power should ensure the provision of the same for all. So shouldn’t the promise of free water supply by a political party be a great thing? However, this is not the case. We must remember that providing access to clean and safe water (especially a problem in rural areas) is a very different promise than providing free water supply as an election promise to all in an attempt to capture votes. The promise of free water supply often has conditions attached to it, such as the fact that recipients must have a metered water connection or connection to a piped water supply network. Due to the same, poorer sections of society and those living in rural areas who currently suffer the most from non-availability of water cannot avail the benefits of such a scheme. Let’s have a look at how the free water schemes implemented in Rajasthan and New Delhi have fared so far. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on November 24th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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President-Elect of the United States Joe Biden. Source: Market Watch

Joe Biden is set to become the 46th United States President at the White House. His running mate Kamala Harris would become the first-ever woman, and one of colour, to become the Vice President of the United States. Donald Trump may have not conceded yet but the countries around the world are gearing up to understand what their terms of engagement would be when Joe Biden officially enters the Oval Office. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on November 2nd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on October 8th 2020. Source: Money Control

The first phase of polling for the Bihar Assembly Elections was conducted on Oct 28 while the country continued to battle with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly, this is going to be a very crucial election for many reasons. This is the first election which will be conducted without Lalu Prasad Yadav, while his son takes over the reigns of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The results of the Bihar elections will tell us a lot about the future of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and how the BJP will devise a strategy at the national level. At the same time, we are seeing a second generation of politicians such as Chirag Paswan (son of Late Ram Vilas Paswan) and Tejaswi Yadav (son of Lalu Prasad Yadav) take over their respective parties. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on October 22nd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As the number of total Coronavirus cases in India has surged past 50 lakh, making it the second-worst affected country in the world, the Election Commission team has returned from initial inspections in Bihar, and are likely to announce the dates of the state election any day. The Election Commission has announced fresh guidelines for holding elections. …


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All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter Corona Tracker Mental Health survey waves 1–3 carried out in June 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic. The data is weighted to the known demographic profile of every state, including age group, social group, income, region, gender and education levels. (Sample Size: 4640)

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. …


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All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter Corona Tracker Mental Health survey waves 1–3 carried out in June 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic. The data is weighted to the known demographic profile of every state, including age group, social group, income, region, gender and education levels. (Sample Size: 4640)

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. The survey was carried out by Team CVoter (Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research), a leading international stakeholder research organization with its roots in India.

Read more about Polstrat here. Follow us on Medium to keep up to date with Indian politics.


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Read the full infographic in Hindi.

All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter Corona Tracker Mental Health survey waves 1–3 carried out in June 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic. The data is weighted to the known demographic profile of every state, including age group, social group, income, region, gender and education levels. (Sample Size: 4640)

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. The survey was carried out by Team CVoter (Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research), a leading international stakeholder research organization with its roots in India.

Read more about Polstrat here. Follow us on Medium to keep up to date with Indian politics.


Click here to read the full infographic in Hindi.

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All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter daily tracking poll conducted from March 22nd 2020 to June 20th 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic.

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. The survey was carried out by Team CVoter (Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research), a leading international stakeholder research organization with its roots in India.

Read more about Polstrat here. Follow us on Medium to keep up to date with Indian politics.


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All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter daily tracking poll conducted from March 22nd 2020 to June 17th 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic.

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. The survey was carried out by Team CVoter (Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research), a leading international stakeholder research organization with its roots in India.

Read more about Polstrat here. Follow us on Medium to keep up to date with Indian politics.


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All survey findings and projections are based on the Team CVoter daily tracking poll conducted from March 22nd 2020 to June 17th 2020 among 18+ adults statewide, including every major demographic.

From Polstrat, a non-partisan political consultancy which aims to shift the narrative of political discourse in the country from a problem-centric to a solutions-oriented approach. The survey was carried out by Team CVoter (Center For Voting Opinions and Trends in Election Research), a leading international stakeholder research organization with its roots in India.

Read more about Polstrat here. Follow us on Medium to keep up to date with Indian politics.

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