What began as a commercial service for the sociopolitical entities in India, has now taken a rather “socio-entrepreneurial” turn – leading to the emergence of IndiaVotes.com, the largest database of elections data for India. Niti Digital, a media and technology service provider based out of Mumbai, has launched the first portal in India that poses as the only comprehensible portal allowing access to mass national elections data across 60 years, i.e from 1952 till recently.
IndiaVotes.com promises to deliver comprehensible and quick, relevant results for queries on elections data. While most of the data has been sourced from public domain, and few sources online – what is special about this service is that it allows for an unified portal that enables voters in India to access, analyze and decide objectively about the elections results and extrapolate performance metrics of candidates across the country.
Niti Digital began as a technology support service which catered to the needs of sociopolitical organizations, collaborative assignments, online databases and personnel management, scheduling services through web hosted tech, digital support, digital presence and online community cultivation, etc. Being the world’s largest democracy, such a service was long overdue, and given the stance of Government through the recent past over its allowance of transparency of administrative, political and social role in internet, this portal is a welcome break.
VeerChand Bothra, CEO of Niti Digital, says that the initiative to launch such a service as IndiaVotes.com emerged from a personal need/desire to possess at hand, an accessible vantage of data on elections in India, that could help in the data-driven decision making ahead of voting in major elections. While some of the data was already online, according to Rajesh Jain (MD of Niti Digital), the combination of big data analysis, digital media and communications in the evolving sociopolitical structure of India would mark a change in the way India would vote, and lead for more informed voters, more responsible legislators henceforth.
The portal currently has simple fields for queries on Parliamentary Constituencies, Assembly Constituencies, Parties across each, years etc. It also maintains a blog that shares interesting analytics about the election data. We would love to see some resplendent involvement from retired political professors, media personnel and other social entities – as they discuss, dissect, and debate the analytics and results scoured from the ‘big data‘ of election databases.