The nexus between crime and politics raises complex questions. Using the world’s largest democracy, India, as a case study, this event explores if free and fair elections can indeed coexist with criminality.

Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Author, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics
Dr Louise Tillin, Deputy Director, King’s India Institute, King's College London
Chair: Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House 

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Overview

The nexus between crime and politics raises complex questions. Using the world’s largest democracy, India, as a case study, this event explores if free and fair elections can indeed coexist with criminality. Do political parties knowingly recruit candidates with accusations of wrongdoing against them? And why do voters elect - and often re-elect - such candidates? Our panel evaluates what this means for democracy both within India and beyond.

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