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Sandiaga Uno (in purple shirt) campaigning in East Java

In April/May one billion people get to vote in India and Indonesia’s elections. What is arguably the biggest joint exercise of democracy ever deserves more attention in a world focussed on the failures of the traditional flagship democracies of Washington and London.

Asia Society Australia’s new podcast channel, Asia Briefing UNWIRED, takes to the campaign trail with Festival of Democracy, following two of Australia’s most important Asian neighbours as they head to the polling booth.

Festival of Democracy


Asia Society Australia's special podcast series on the elections in India and Indonesia.



India's young leaders debate the country's upcoming election. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, we are joined by Charu Pragya, and representing Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from the opposition Congress party alliance, Manuraj Shunmugasundaram. Both party members were visiting Australia for the Australia-India Youth Dialogue.

Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify.


We join the campaign closer to home with the Indonesian expatriates running their country’s election in Australia and the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party’s local campaign chief Jay Shah. 

Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify.


Now to the sweet spot in the Festival of Democracy... Indians started voting in their seven-phase voting process last Thursday and Indonesians head to the polls this week. We caught up with dual-country expert Ward Berenschot and international relations theorist Parag Khanna about the big picture view of democracy in the two voting nations. 

Listen on Soundcloud and Spotify.

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