Praveen Rai

Political Analyst at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Praveen Rai is a postgraduate in history with a degree in law from university of Delhi with more than ten years of experience in survey research and election studies in India. Before his current assignment, he worked as a Project Manager at Lokniti, Programme for Comparative Democracy, a research programme of CSDS that specializes in election studies. While at Lokniti, he handled more than fifty election studies and opinion polls. He uses quantitative data and statistical tools in his academic and non academic writings.

His key areas of interest include election studies with special focus on the status of opinion polls and participation of women in electoral politics in India. His seminal work 'Electoral Participation of Women in India: Key Determinants and Barriers' was published as a special article in Economic and Political Weekly in 2011. He co authored a book Measuring Voting Behaviour in India, published by Sage in 2013. His articles have been published in Indian academic journals, edited books, newspapers and blogs.
Regional Parties Are Taking Centrestage In Assembly Polls

Regional Parties Are Taking Centrestage In Assembly Polls 2016

The rising temperatures in India this year coincides with political parties facing 'dead heat' in the poll-bound states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the union territory of Puducherry. All in all, the regional parties are taking centrestage in this round of state assembly elections.
15/04/2016 8:19 AM IST
Decoding The BJP's Jekyll And Hyde

Decoding The BJP's Jekyll And Hyde Politics

It is important to decode the Jekyll and Hyde politics of the BJP and understand whether is driven by a binary strategy: a development agenda for national elections and confrontational politics for electoral competitions in states.
17/03/2016 8:23 AM IST