Democracies evolve, and our democracy is no exception. Indian democracy lasted the test of time and we now stand at a critical juncture. Despite the immense amount of progress made, we still need to work on intricacies to make democracy deliver better. With an intent to facilitate dialogue on our democracy and the resolve to provide a launchpad for ideas, the Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business and the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad are presenting an annual conference series, Indian Democracy at Work. The first edition of the conference is being organised on January 9th and 10th, 2020 in Hyderabad and the theme is Money Power in Politics.   

One cannot deny the presence of exorbitant amounts of money in politics in India and its ability to influence outcomes. There are several determinants for expenditure in the Indian political landscape – some are legitimate and necessary for political activity in a democratic society. Whereas, some are imposed on political parties due to their failure on the governance front and some are totally needless costs incurred through traditional, archaic modes of public mobilisation. Apart from that, a major part of it is for illegitimately buying votes. 

At the first edition of the conference, our objective is to provide a platform for a constructive conversation between all relevant stakeholders on the role of money in politics. It seeks to address the widespread concern about the pervasive presence of money power in party politics and its impact on democracy.