Sauvé Fellow Siddharth Bannerjee (Sauvé Scholar 2007-08) has been sought after for comments on the general elections in India.
This LSE blog posting of 23 May resumes his thoughts.
The professionalisation of Indian elections: Reflections on BJP’s 2014 campaign By Siddharth Bannerjee*
“… the consequence of the BJP’s game-changing push towards excessive personalisation, a political star system, mass media impression management and an increasing negativity of campaigns and campaign coverage, is that this combination of factors has evidently led to a highly centralised, tightly controlled framework for the conduct of communication and governing functions. How this concentration of power and consolidation of functions plays out among the hope-filled Indian public will become quickly apparent once the BJP assumes control and has to tackle the mounting socio-economic challenges facing the country today. *
*Siddharth Bannerjee is a graduate of LSE’s MSc in Social Policy and Development and works on governance reform initiatives, especially ones involving the use of innovative technology and open source data.
Sid is carving out a place for himself as analyst and panel discussant for Sky News Live providing expertise on international issues
Sky News India panel discussion on gender-based violence and the status of women in India in the wake of the gang-rape and murder of two minors from the Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh state.
Here is Siddharth Bannerjee Interview with Sky News Live on the election results from India