The elements around breaking news and preparing for it is very fascinating, but at the same time there is a fear that things could go wrong, expressed Mishal Husain, presenter with BBC News.
In Delhi on the eve of the elections, Husain noted, “The number of first time voters in India is double the population of the United Kingdom.” This is the first time that she is covering elections in India, however, Husain has been a regular visitor to the country. She had covered a series on Mahatama Gandhi in the year 2009.
When asked about what has surprised her so far during the election coverage in India, she replied, “The campaign by the BJP and Narendra Modi. It will be interesting to see which way the urban voters and youth are going, what they say and what they actually mean.”
While Husain has been able to interview Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal, she has not been able to get hold of Modi so far, but is hopeful of interviewing him “one day”.
Global impact of India’s general elections
Speaking about the global impact of the elections in India in an interaction with Krishna Prasad, Editor-in-Chief, Outlook, Husain remarked, “We will see what we have never seen before. India has seen incredible changes in the last 10 years. I suppose there is personality politics in these elections, which is compelling to the audience all around the world.”
She further said, “Personality politics is an interesting trend and of course, you need to make a connection with the voters. It makes things more interesting and adds a human dimension, besides giving journalists a lot more to talk about.”
While stating that every election throws up great stories, Husain noted that the economic promise and challenges for the new government are being keenly watched and debated not just in India, but globally as well.
Mishal Husain was sharing her views on the topic ‘The Global Perspective of Indian Elections’ at an event in Delhi- NCR on April 9, 2014.