Let’s talk


Book Talk
with Pradeep Gupta,
CMD, Axis My India

May 17, 2021



Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya
Former Executive Editor, NDTV

About the event

Book Talk is part of the “Let’s Talk Policy” series by Kautilya School of Public Policy, where we call upon
prolific writers to share their side of the story with acclaimed journalist Nidhi Razdan.

In this edition, we spoke about books, perspectives and beyond with Pradeep Gupta, author of “How India Votes: And What It Means”.

In this book, Pradeep Gupta – India’s leading Psephologist and CMD of Axis My India – chronicles the nature of Indian elections and demystifies how and why Indians choose their political leaders by unravelling rich truths basis field interviews and analysis. The book explores the impact of polarization and GDP in election results, role of smartphones in influencing Indian politics, importance of women as a distinctive voting bloc in some states and several other key factors. It has been highly appreciated by stalwarts from the political, educational and media ecosystem for providing a fine understanding of election results, the sentiments of the voters and uncovering the challenges of the world’s biggest democracy.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Pradeep Gupta

Psephologist & CMD, Axis My India


Pradeep Gupta is a first-generation entrepreneur and founder with over 27 years of experience…..

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those passionate about electoral politics, psephology, political strategy, and campaign strategy & management – and are keen to hear from experts with on-ground experience at the highest level

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