One could hear the Modi wave coming to sweep the electoral shores yet again. All you needed to do was put your ear on the ground and listen closely. And that is exactly what Pradeep Bhandari did.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The 2019 general elections were set against the backdrop of unexpected alliances, with the staunchest of adversaries joining hands against one person, one party and one ideology. For the first time in the political history of India, there was the rise of a united opposition, which rendered the elections into an anti-Modi vs pro-Modi battle at the macro level. While demonetization and GST had not yet been wiped from public memory, the Pulwama attack and the Balakot air strikes just before the elections ignited a sense of nationalism. With this, even the most experienced political pundits were unable to predict the electoral outcome with certainty. It was a battle that could go either way. While we now know who won the electoral battle, the larger question is what caused this swing at a time when many had predicted the fall of Modi and the BJP. With dispatches from ground zero that unveil how the people at the ground level across the nation were thinking, this book offers an answer to that ‘why’ and also reveals the implications of the mandate for the future of Indian politics.
KEY Selling Points
The author is a well-known and respected psephologist. • The book is based on the author’s dispatches from ground zero, as he travelled across constituencies all over India. • The author also addresses the implications of the mandate for Modi for the future of Indian politics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRADEEP BHANDARI is an entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Jan ki Baat, an on-ground public opinion platform. Considered to be one of the most accurate psephologists in the country, he is also the youngest political analyst to have travelled across more than 400 constituencies in India at the age of 28. Pradeep’s analysis and polls feature on Republic Media Network, where he also hosts the popular Hindi show Lalkar.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘I recommend Modi Mandate 2019 as the best account you would get from anybody who has pursued the voters and gauged their intentions.’
Member, House of lords, United Kingdom‘Pradeep is a rare mix of academic rigour, tremendous hard work and impeccable field work—a combination that no other psephologist in India can match.’
—Arnab goswami, Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Republic TV
‘Pradeep Bhandari’s book provides a rare analysis of the 2019 verdict. It is penned by the person who, since his arrival less than a decade ago, has changed the grammar of psephology and indeed represents a generational shift among psephologists who engage with India’s elections. This book offers the reader insights on both the mandate itself and the drivers of voter choice. It is a must- read for all who want to engage with the world’s largest democratic exercise.’
—Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation