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A Glimpse into the Indian Political Process as We Approach the 2024 Elections

As India approaches the critical juncture of the 2024 general elections, Friends of Democracy is proud to present an extraordinary series of discussions titled "Conversations on Indian Democracy". This series offers a unique and riveting glimpse into the multifaceted political landscape of the world’s largest democracy.


The diversity of our speakers reflects the tapestry of Indian politics. Each session brings forth leaders from various political parties and positions, starting with Sagarika Ghose, a Rajya Sabha Member representing West Bengal, to the dynamic Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra, Jitendra Awhad, and other distinguished figures such as Tiruchi Siva, Tikender Panwar, Manoj Jha, culminating with a member of the Indian National Congress. Their insights promise to enrich our understanding of the ongoing political dialogue in India.


This is more than just a series of talks; it is a vibrant exchange of ideas, ideals, and the intricacies of governance that shape the future of India. Each conversation offers a chance to engage with the perspectives that will define policy, reform, and the electoral battles ahead.


Why is this series particularly important now? As we edge closer to the elections, the political climate intensifies. The choices made by voters in the world’s largest democracy will have significant global repercussions. Understanding the players, their policies, and their vision for India is crucial for both national and international observers.


We at Friends of Democracy believe that democracy flourishes with informed discourse and active engagement. Through these conversations, we aim to bridge the gap between political figures and the public, fostering a more informed and engaged electorate.


We invite you to join us in this deep dive through Indian politics. Whether you're a student of political science, a diaspora member keen on staying connected with your roots, or simply an enthusiast of democratic processes, these conversations are sure to provide valuable insights.Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the dialogue.


Register now for the upcoming events. Your voice and your engagement are what make democracy vibrant and alive.


Register for the upcoming conversations:

  • March 22, 2024 (11:30am EDT/9:00pm IST) with Tiruchi Siva (Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament for Tamil Nadu) in conversation with Dr. Vineeta Yadav (Associate Professor, Penn State University). Register here.

  • March 29, 2024 (11:30am EDT/9:00pm IST) with Tikender Panwar, Former Deputy Mayor of Shimla and member of CPIM. Register here.

  • April 5, 2024 (11:30am EDT/9:00pm IST) with Dr. Manoj Jha (Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament - RJD - for Bihar) in conversation with Dr. Poulomi Chakrabarti (Assistant Professor at Queen's University and visiting scholar at Harvard University). Register here.

  • April 12, 2024 (11:30am EDT/9:00pm IST) with Dr. Angana Chatterji (Research Anthropologist and Founding Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley), with our second speaker to be announced shortly. Register here.





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