Social Media and the Electoral Politics of India
Dikshita Buragohain

Dikshita Buragohain, Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University.

Manuscript received on October 10, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 20 October, 2019. | Manuscript published on November 10, 2019. | PP: 963-967 | Volume-9 Issue-1, November 2019. | Retrieval Number: A3940119119/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.A3940.119119
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Abstract: The use of social media has become a new strategy for the political parties during election campaign. The social media is playing a significant role in changing people’s perception towards politics, politicians and modes of political participation. The advent of budget smart phones and affordable data packages has given greater scope for people to voice their opinion on social and political issues. With accounts in every social media platforms, the political parties and their leaders are using it as a new space to mobilize people. Since 2014 Lok Sabha election, the social media is playing a pro-active role in deciding which party will win the election. While this has led to increased speed of spread of information and news, it has also left the ordinary people vulnerable to fake news and exposed them to ‘hate speech’. One hand, the social media is making Indian democracy more inclusive thereby giving citizens the space to express their opinion. On the other hand, it is also creating a gap between different communities by spreading fake news and propaganda. Hence, there should be some kind of restrictions to using it. The misuse can lead to chaos and instability in a democracy.
Keywords: Internet, Social Media, Political Party, Election, Campaign
Scope of the Article: Internet of Things (IoT)