Express Elections

In six months, India holds general elections. Before that, five states hold Assembly elections. The Indian Express brings you a podcast that peels back the layers of political mudslinging and campaign rhetoric to cover everything you need to know about India voting. Over the next six months, Express Elections will equip you with expert analysis and commentary on the significant events and players, an assessment of where the current government stands, and an understanding of the electoral process in India.

Express ElectionsIn six months, India holds general elections. Before that, five states hold Assembly elections. The Indian Express brings you a podcast that peels back the layers of political mudslinging and campaign rhetoric to cover everything you need to know about India voting. Over the next six months, Express Elections will equip you with expert analysis and commentary on the significant events and players, an assessment of where the current government stands, and an understanding of the electoral process in India.
Episode 16 December 12, 2018

The results are in: What do they mean?

In the state assembly elections yesterday, a resurgent Congress has made crucial gains ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the party all set to form governments in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. We...

Episode 15 December 7, 2018

Will TRS come back to power in Telangana?

We try to find out how the TRS government has fared in the last 4 years and if it will come back to power in Telangana.

Episode 14 December 6, 2018

Will infighting cost Congress the Rajasthan elections?

As Rajasthan goes to polls, we discuss which party will pull through and why this is significant for the 2019 elections.

Episode 13 November 30, 2018

Will the BJP lose in Rajasthan because of Vasundhara Raje?

Professor Sanjay Lodha discusses how anti-incumbency against Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje may cost the BJP and how caste groups in the state affect elections.

Episode 12 November 28, 2018

Will BJP win in Madhya Pradesh yet again?

In this episode, we ask if the BJP will win in Madhya Pradesh yet again, and try to understand how the result of this election will affect what happens in the 2019 General Elections.

Episode 11 November 27, 2018

How will the Mizoram elections pan out?

Abhishek Saha discusses what is working for and against the Congress and the Mizoram National Front, the Church's important role in the state, why this state's elections are considered the most fair and free elections...

Episode 10 November 26, 2018

How Telangana came to be

In this episode, we look at how India's youngest state was formed and how it affects its politics today.

Episode 9 November 24, 2018

Mohan Lal Sukhadia to Vasundhara Raje: Rajasthan’s tumultuous political history

For the first episode on the Rajasthan state elections, Dr. Sanjay Lodha explains its political history, the oscillation of the state between the Congress and BJP and more.

Episode 8 November 23, 2018

The highs and lows of Madhya Pradesh under Shivraj Singh Chouhan

We look at the highs and lows of Chouhan's tenure and try to understand what makes him stand apart from other BJP chief ministers in the country.

Episode 7 November 19, 2018

What will drive Mizoram to vote in the upcoming elections?

In this episode, we deep dive into issues that will drive Mizoram to vote with Adam Halliday, editor of a the weekly magazine The Frontier Despatch in Aizawl.

Episode 6 November 15, 2018

How BJP rose to power in Madhya Pradesh

In this episode, we look at the political history of Madhya Pradesh and examine how BJP managed to rise to power in the state.

Episode 5 November 12, 2018

What makes Mizoram’s election so interesting?

With 40 Assembly seats up for grabs, Mizoram goes to the polls at the end of November. This episode looks at the political history of the state

Episode 4 November 10, 2018

How will the BJP vs Congress fight play out in Chattisgarh?

For the last episode of our Chhattisgarh election coverage, correspondent Dipankar Ghose explains why despite a narrow a margin, the Congress hasn't won in the state for the last three elections.

Episode 3 November 7, 2018

Who are the main voter groups in Chhattisgarh and who will they vote for?

Sanjay Kumar (CSDS) helps us explore the main voter groups in Chhattisgarh and their political affiliations. Dipankar Ghose explains who the JCC(J)-BSP-CPI alliance is going to hurt and what it means for the 2019 elections.

Episode 2 November 3, 2018

Will Chhattisgarh’s political history dictate its future?

To kick off our Express Elections coverage we discuss Chhattisgarh's political history, what a typical voter seems like and the BJP vs Congress fight in the state.

Episode 1 November 1, 2018

Welcome to Express Elections

The Indian Express brings you a podcast that peels back the layers of political mudslinging and campaign rhetoric to cover everything you need to know about India voting.