The Phileas Club 128 – Special: Indian Elections

On this episode we talk about:

  • Elections in India, what is that like?!
  • The country, logistics, political forces…
  • And more!

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  1. Siddharth Gadekar says:

    Hi Patrick!

    Was super excited to watch this episode but I must confess I was a little disappointed that there was no one in the discussion panel who currently resides in India, you could have got a much more realistic picture on current political issues and the merits and cons of the major political players. Enjoyed the discussion regarding the logistics of elections in India. If you are really interested, please check out the movie ‘Newton’ starring Rajkumar Rao which depicts a very grave and realistic picture of elections in remote locations in India.

    • patrick says:

      Yes we focused more on the election process in general than in this current election (which would have been interesting as well, but was a different thing). Maybe I should have been more clear in the intro, but to be honest I wasn’t 100% certain how it was going to go; which is often the case in these specials… Thanks for the recommendation though, I’ll look it up!

    • Hi Siddharth,

      I would like to reply with a couple of comments of my own.

      I will say that the implication that since we don’t reside in India, we cannot give a realistic picture of the current issues and the politics is not correct. Modern technology allows us to keep track of things happening in real time. Also, while I may not live there, my family is there, and I have financial interests there as well, so I do have as good an idea of what is going on as most people who are currently in India, if not better. I am also someone who doesn’t take news channels at their facevalue. Often times the reality is never actually reported. There are a TON of nuances to Indian politics and issues which we couldn’t cover because of the understandable time constraints. If we sat down for an unlimited amount of time, I am sure we could have created a much more detailed, nuanced and comprehensive picture.

      I would agree that Newton is a good film, and does shatter some of the illusions people have about the election process, however I would also point out that the place that Newton treats as its setting is ravaged by Naxals. While CRPF are not all saints, most remote regions that are peaceful do see proper balloting, whether cameras are rolling or not.

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