Sneha Krishnan
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What do young people want from elections?
in Passionate politics
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This chapter asks why young Indians go to the polls. Focusing on young women, it argues that many young Indians increasingly seek what they call ‘dignity’ and ‘sophistication’: categories that signal a wide range of everyday experiences. These desires do not translate to a single or easily pigeonholed ‘youth vote’: rather class, caste and regional differences shape young women’s demands of the political system. This chapter uses examples from the author’s ethnographic research conducted from 2012 onwards in the city of Chennai.

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Democracy, development and India’s 2019 general election



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