The Verdict Decoding India’s Election by Prannoy Roy

Vritant Bhatt
Symbiosis Law School, Noida, India

Volume III, Issue II, 2020

The book reviewed is “The Verdict Decoding Indian Elections” is based on the polls dating back to 11th April to 19th May 2019. The counting for the election began from 23rd may and the results were declared shortly after the counting was over. In this book “The Verdict Decoding Indian Elections” by India’s prime psychologist Prannoy Roy and renowned marketing researcher and expert Dorab R. Sopariwala some key features like the phases of Indian elections, the rise of women and young voters and the impact of low turnouts have been covered This book is a seminal contribution to the empirical analysis of Indian elections. Using data and statistics, present surprising new insights and trends about the changes in Indian electoral democracy. It also tries to decode India’s elections in as simple a way as possible in order to provide a greater understanding of the underpinnings of our electoral system and to examine the many variables that determine ‘the verdict’ of the Indian voter. This final part takes only a few extracts from this book to highlight some key signals, indicators, and trends to look out for while tracking this big election, from the beginning of the campaign till the result on the final day of counting. Further there is descriptive data about the demography of each and every state and the heterogeneous culture in India and the credibility of polling by explaining and comparing past elections with the present ones. This book is not only based on the Indian perspective of elections but compares concepts like ‘voter suppression’ with that of the United States. The book mostly points out the estimated features of elections in India stressing more on quantitative analysis, the debate in the book shifts from the aspects of subtle distinction of voting behavior dealing impact of economics and identity politics


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