Past Event

The Great March of India’s Democracy

February 1, 2019 | 18:30 - 20:30
  • Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ


Last year, we hosted former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi for a lunch with Members in London.

Now, we’re delighted to annouce this forthcoming book launch, an anthology of 27 essays to celebrate 70 years of India’s democracy and elections, edited by Dr SY Quraishi. Six of the authors are from UK.

As India gears for its seventeenth Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Election Commission of India, guardian of the world’s grandest electoral experiment, marks the beginning of its seventieth year.

This book celebrates seven decades of India’s vibrant democracy and the Election Commission’s excellence and rigour, with a remarkable collection of essays written by those who have studied India’s unique experiment in electoral democracy, as well as analysts, politicians, social workers, activists, businesspersons and public servants.

The event will be moderated by Mukulika Banerjee, Director, South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology at LSE and with contributors Taylor Sherman (LSE), Meghnad Desai (LSE & House of Lords), Bhikhu Parekh (House of Lords), and Karamjit Singh CBE (Member of the Electoral Board, UK).

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

– Mahatma Gandhi