News from 04/2014

30 April 2014

Youth and Politics

Narendra Modi popular with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi students



26 April 2014

Anzac Day Memorial

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey. For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland. By the time the campaign ended, more than 120,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New…Read

23 April 2014

On The Line: Indian Elections 2014

A discussion of Current Events from the Voice of America

The world's largest democracy is going to the polls this month when more than 800 million registered voters will elect 543 members of parliament. Voting started on April 7th and will last till May 12th.  The results will be declared on May 16th. What will the next Indian government look like, both for India and the world?   Ayesha Tanzeem talks to Walter Anderson, Director of Asia Studies Program at John Hopkins University and Dr. Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Program, …Read

21 April 2014

17 April 2014

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the youngest adult member of south Asia's most powerful political dynasty, weighed into India's increasingly bitter election campaign on Wednesday with a speech in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi Vadra, 42, is the sister of Rahul Gandhi, the public face of the incumbent Congress party's bid to retain power for a third term, and the daughter of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party's president. "You have to decide whether you want politics where strength and power lies in the hands of the people or is vested in just one man," Gandhi Vadra…Read

13 April 2014

India election: Economic policies explained

The World Bank today projected an economic growth rate of 5.7 per cent in fiscal year 2014 for India on the back of a more competitive exchange rate and many large investments going forward.

More consumer buying = higher GDP. Indians, without a doubt, are going to have no reservations with consuming goods in the next year. Much has been written about 2013 as being a year in which India did not live up to its expectations. The middle class numbers stayed the same: around 300 million, making up around a quarter of the country's population. But GDP stalled in 2013 due…Read

The caste system in India

In India, the caste system is a system of classification of people into groups based on shared socio-economic conditions ... a relational set of inequalities with economic, social, political and ideological dimensions." When differences lead to greater status, power or privilege for some groups over the other it is called social stratification. It is a system by which society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. Varna is the term for the four broad ranks into which traditional Hindu society is divided. Certain groups, now known as "Dalits", were excluded from the varna system altogether, ostracized by all other…Read

12 April 2014

‘Will my vote make a difference?’

The region,Nagaland in the north-east tip of India, is not politically influential, sending only one representative to the country's parliament.

But the region is affected by a long-running insurgency movement and has often felt neglected by Delhi.

In Nagaland, the poll will decide the fate of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the candidate from his Naga People's Front party. He was pitted against Congress' K V Pusa and Akheu Achumi of Socialist Party (India)

Nagaland registered 81.47 per cent polling.  

Sanjoy Majumder spoke to local professionals about what mattered…Read

8 April 2014

Day 1 of the Indian Election

Over the next six weeks more than half a billion Indians will go to 930,000 polling stations in the 16th general election since the country won independence from Britain in 1947. The exact impact of the 120 million first-time voters expected to cast their ballots is hotly debated.



Indian election 2014

Over the coming weeks more than half a billion people are expected to visit 930,000 polling stations, all set up within two miles of their homes. Recent opinion surveys predict a big win for the Hindu nationalist opposition – the Bharatiya Janata party – whose prime ministerial candidate is the controversial Narendra Modi – though not an absolute majority in the 545-seat lower house of the national assembly. So vast is the democratic exercise that it will require around 5 million people to conduct the procedure, and as many again to police it. The electoral commission has a stated ambition that…Read

1 April 2014

Election 2014: Max Rashbrooke on Inequality

Vote Chat is a series of public interviews of politicians, candidates and commentators brought to you by the University of Otago Politics Department. In this chat author and journalist Max Rashbrooke is interviewed by Dr Bryce Edwards.

"A staggering rise in wealth disparity has transformed New Zealand from one of the developed world's most equal nations to one of the most unequal. International bestseller 'The Spirit Level' argued in 2009 that income inequality is the biggest single cause of a huge range of social problems. In contrast, more equal societies are consistently the healthiest, best educated and…Read