Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research invites you to:
‘Election Reforms and the Decriminalisation of Politics'
by Prof. Trilochan Sastry
Date: Tuesday, 24th September 2013
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Committee Room, CPR
About: Professor Trilochan Sastry obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi. He is a Professor at IIM Bangalore where he was earlier Dean from 2008 to 2011. He is Founder Chairman of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that works on Electoral, Political and Governance Reforms. He is also Founder Secretary and CEO of the Centre for Collective Development (CCD), an NGO that promotes cooperatives in dry land areas for small and marginal farmers. He has won various Awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Delhi, 2012, Satyendra Dubey Award from IIT Kanpur 2013, and the Times of India Social Impact Award 2012.
An important aspect of Electoral Reforms is criminalization of politics and the role of money in elections. Civil society, the Media and the Courts have played an active role of late in addressing the issue. This talk will present an overview of important developments over the last ten years, as well as a comprehensive analysis based on data from the Election Commission. The picture that emerges shows that the problem of criminalization has increased, winning often depends on the wealth of candidates, and a combination of muscle and money power also affects 'winnability'. Based on the data and analysis, and the experience of civil society in monitoring elections, ways in which these problems can be tackled will be addressed. Beyond the official focus on legal and administrative reforms, citizen engagement and voter awareness can perhaps be used to bring about much needed change.
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