18: Professor Kapil Kumar | The Largest Elections in Human History
Today I am delighted to welcome again on my podcast Professor Kapil Kumar. Last month we spoke about the tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear armed states in conflict for over 70 years.
Today, we are going to speak about the Indian general elections, which just started yesterday.
India is the world's largest democracy, the 3rd largest economy, and is a nuclear power.
This is the largest election in human history, with 900 million -- 1 in 8 of the world's population -- voting in a period spanning over 6 weeks.
This event should be given much more attention in the international media than it is being given at present.
Professor Kapil Kumar is a Professor of History, and the Director at the Centre for Freedom Struggle & Diaspora Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India.
Professor Kapil Kumar is a staunch Indian nationalist, sometimes controversial in his over-turning of dominant assumptions about historical events, challenging the role of Gandhi and the Indian National Congress, and looking at the important part that other revolutionaries have played in India's Independence Struggle, who did not subscribe to nonviolence, and whose role has been written out of history.
Today, he provides us with his on the ground insights into these election, what it means for the direction of the world, and what it means for the direction of India.