Over the next eight weeks starting Wednesday, 25 March Gujral discusses
the elections, weaving in the electoral dynamics of India's democracy
into his own busy political past. Gujral's radio programme will
be accompanied by a regular column on BBC Hindi's popular website
In Aap Ke Mudde, Aap Ka Chunav also starting on 25 March,
BBC Hindi radio editor Shivkant travels across India exploring how
democracy interplays with different aspects of life. In the 25 part
series, Shivkant compares voting trends by caste, region and social
groups throughout the years. He discusses with politicians the key
issues affecting India and speaks to young people, who make up more
than half of the voting population, about their concerns and aspirations.
Shivkant also explores how women vote and what their expectations
Starting on Friday, 2 April social scientist, Yogendra Yadav navigates
listeners through the diversity and complexity of Indian democracy
in Sansad Ki Raah. This 25 part series analyses the impact
of the election on the major states of India, examines the electoral
battleground and looks back on past elections. Each programme explores
the nature of party competition including how political and social
alliances are formed and develop. Yogendra also looks at the challenges
ahead for the winning political party and explores the possibility
of a caste alignment.
BBC Hindi head Achala Sharma says, "With our radio and online
coverage we will ensure that Hindi-speaking audiences globally are
engaged with the election story as it unfolds. But more importantly,
we will give visitors to bbchindi.com the opportunity to put across
their views and contribute to the debate on key issues affecting
them in this vote.
The three new series are in addition to extensive news and current
affairs coverage of the election on BBC Hindi radio and online.