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Speakers

Professor, Public Policy & Governance, APU
Senior Journalist, The Hindu
Senior Journalist, The News Minute
Journalist
Moderator

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 23 Apr 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Karnataka elects 28 members to the Lok Sabha and is considered a crucial swing state (to borrow a term from American politics) in the forthcoming elections as the INDIA Alliance is hoping to make major gains here. But if history is any indicator, then the BJP has an advantage.

In the past four parliamentary elections since 2004, the BJP has managed to win more seats than the Congress. In the elections of 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019, the BJP won 18, 19, 17 and 25 seats respectively. In the 2019 elections, the BJP, riding on a national wave that favoured the reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, secured a staggering 51.7 percent of the vote share in Karnataka. The lone independent MP who was elected also subsequently extended her support to the BJP which means that the party now has 26 seats in Karnataka. While the electoral history of the past two decades favours the saffron party as Karnataka gets ready to vote in two phases on April 26 and May 7, the Indian National Congress is hoping to regain its past glory in Karnataka. The party which won a thumping majority in the Legislative Assembly elections last year is banking on two issues; its successful implementation of its five guarantees and the injustice done to the State in the devolution of funds from the Union government.

The panel that has been curated carefully will discuss whether Karnataka will follow the same pattern that it has set in place from the past 20 years of preferring the BJP or will it witness a change and provide a boost to the INDIA Alliance. The panel will also dwell on other salient themes such as why Karnataka remains an outlier in south India as far as support to the BJP is concerned and the significance of the BJP’s alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular). Leading up to the elections, both the main parties in the fray have witnessed factional wrangles accompanying the selection of candidates while they have also been accused of perpetuating dynastic politics.

This event is a part of BIC’s Election series.

Speakers

A Narayana

Professor, Public Policy & Governance, APU

Dr A Narayana, currently a professor of public policy and governance at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, has over two decades of experience in the media, academics, policy consultancy and social activism. With a master’s in economics, he started his career as a journalist with the Bangalore-based English daily, Deccan Herald, and switched to academics after obtaining his doctorate from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom. His PhD thesis explores the impact of the use of information and communication technology in governance on citizen-state relationship in India. Before joining Azim Premji University, he worked as Associate Professor at the School of Media Studies, Manipal University, Manipal and as Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore.

Narayana was the Karnataka State Coordinator for the World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework and a consultant for the Karnataka Government’s High-Power Committee on Restructuring the Bangalore City Governance. He was a member on the Election Commission of India’s technical committee on electoral literacy.  He was consultant to the Second Karnataka Administrative Reforms Commission. He is currently a member of the Karnataka State Education Policy Commission. Apart from his academic research in the areas of e-governance, local governance, and land policies in India, he also specializes and writes extensively on Karnataka politics. He writes regularly in Kannada and English newspapers, and magazines. His long-standing column titled Anuranana in the leading Kannada daily Prajavani is widely read.

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai

Senior Journalist, The Hindu

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai is an award-winning senior journalist who is presently the Senior Assistant Editor of The Hindu and is based in Belagavi from where he covers parts of north Karnataka for The Hindu. In the past, he has also been based in Bidar and Bengaluru. In his more than 25 years working as a journalist, he has built up a robust and multi-faceted portfolio of writings among which he privileges his thoughtful coverage of political developments, India’s syncretic cultures, multicultural festivals and issues promoting communal and linguistic harmony. His professional interests in journalism are eclectic and extend to agriculture, development and social issues, cooperation, federalism. In all this, he emphasises the use of plain language to communicate complicated themes to his readers.

Some of his impactful articles for which he has been feted include his reportage on Bidar’s Surang Bavi or Karez system which led to its restoration and the sale of a tribal widow that led to an inquiry. He was also one of the few journalists to do ground reports on the kidnapping of the late thespian Dr. Rajkumar. His sensitive portrayal of the Siddi community also led to the inclusion of that community in the State ST (Schedule Tribe) list.

He is proficient in English, Kannada and Urdu/ Dakhani with translating and editing experience in these languages. Rishikesh, who is a sought after public speaker, has a post-graduate degree in English literature as well as an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree.

Rishikesh blogs at https://rishikeshwrites.com./

Pooja Prasanna

Senior Journalist, The News Minute

Pooja Prasanna is the Editorial Head of Reporting at The News Minute. A multimedia journalist with over 14 years of experience, she has reported on major events in south India. She reports on politics and policies with special focus on communalism, corruption and human rights. She is also an adjunct faculty at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She has worked with Republic TV as Bureau Chief for south India and as a Principal Correspondent with Times Now.

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

Journalist

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed is an award-winning journalist with Frontline newsmagazine and is based in Bengaluru.