In this Moneycontrol article, Associate Priya Vedavalli and Senior Associate Avanti Durani analyse the election manifestos of the BJP and the INC for the past three election cycles, illustrating how law and order has taken a backseat to other political priorities. Excerpts:
"...An examination of the manifestos of the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party over the past three Lok Sabha elections (2009, 2014, and 2019) shows that the delivery of this core public good has not been on the priority list for governments or parties. In their 2019 manifestos, the parties dedicate about 1 percent of the total number of words to describing their police reforms agenda, while about 4 percent is spent on education and 2 percent on health. This, on average, holds true for the 2009 and 2014 manifestos as well. A simple exercise of looking at the number of times certain policing related words are mentioned, such as ‘police’, ‘crime’ and ‘law and order’, reveals that while the attention paid to police reforms has been improving over time, it remains minimal in the larger scheme of things...While the amount of space reserved for discussing police reforms has been low, an analysis of the nature of reforms and ideas is also telling..."
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