Author of controversial paper on 2019 poll quits university
The economist has been in the news for a paper he wrote alleging the possibility of electoral ‘manipulation’ in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, where the incumbent BJP rode back to power with a greater margin than in 2014. While Das stressed that the methods and impact he looked at in his 25 July 2023 paper – “Democratic Backsliding in the World’s Largest Democracy” – were confined to just 11 seats, his study generated spirited commentary on social media. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders also attacked the scholar’s findings.
On 1 August, matters heated up when Ashoka University issued a statement distancing itself from Das’ paper, saying it was dismayed by the speculation and debate it had generated.
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