Past eventInvitation OnlyNominees Breakfast Briefing

A Nation Decides: India's General Election

25 February 2009 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Dr Gareth Price, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House



As India's general election approaches, which way will the electorate turn? Dr Price will examine the issues that will decide the election. Will the vote be decided by the economic slow-down, or by the wave of terrorist attacks that India suffered in 2008 which culminated in the Mumbai attacks? Or will the main determinant of the result be the ability of the main parties to forge alliances in the run-up to the election? And what will the outcome mean for India, and for divisions? What if Congress manages to counter the trend for anti-incumbency to win a second-term? And what are the chances of a third-front government, comprising a plethora of left-wing and regional parties? Finally, with terrorism high on the agenda, what will the election mean for India's relationship with Pakistan?

This event is strictly by invitation only.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.