ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Electoral Politics and the Manipulation of Statistics

The 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign has witnessed political parties making widespread use of constituency-wise data on economic and social indicators to attack each other and central/state governments. They have included statistical "evidence" in their manifestos and a number of large media outlets have cited these "data" as part of their efforts to educate the voter. Most unfortunate is that the mass of data on social and economic indicators provided by independent and private agencies to the media is of very doubtful value. These data do not appear to be based on any official/reliable sources, are inconsistent and have been created for years and for geographical units where no such data have ever been known to exist.

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