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Rajesh Jain’s Niti Digital launches IndiaVotes.com as a public elections resource

Rajesh Jain’s media and technology company Niti Digital has launched
IndiaVotes.com as an online public elections resource. It covers all Lok Sabha
elections since 1952 and all state elections since 1977. Much of the raw data
for the site has been sourced from the public domain and then processed to make
it useful for analysis.

Rajesh Jain’s media and technology company Niti Digital has launched
IndiaVotes.com as an online public elections resource. It covers all Lok Sabha
elections since 1952 and all state elections since 1977. Much of the raw data
for the site has been sourced from the public domain and then processed to make
it useful for analysis.

Niti is an acronym for New Initiatives to Transform India
and has been founded by serial technology entrepreneur Rajesh Jain. Niti
Digital has teams working in the digital media space (NitiCentral.com), on
elections (IndiaVotes.com) and in creating collaborative technology platforms
for community organising. The company has also roped in veteran journalist Kanchan Gupta as the Editorial Director.

Besides Niti Central and IndiaVotes.com, the company also runs Chanakya
Daily
as a one-stop site for news that matters and Vote Niti as a free, special
and secure website created for Gujarat candidates to provide information on from
the field also to help in smarter decision-making for voter targeting and
turnout.

According to the company, the idea behind making this data
publicly accessible is to encourage data-driven decision making in the
political domain. “Even though election data is available online, it is not
easily searchable or cannot be consumed in structured formats necessary for
analysis. IndiaVotes aims to become the open-source equivalent of election
information in India,” the firm said in a statement.

IndiaVotes already has over 200 national as well as state
elections data sets that will be further enriched with inputs from users. Going
ahead, voters will be able to add information on issues affecting their
constituency.

Veerchand Bothra, CEO, Niti Digital, said “IndiaVotes
is an outcome of our own desire for accessible data on Indian elections. It was
conceived because the world’s largest democracy deserves a participative
democratic platform for electoral information.”

Rajesh Jain, MD of Niti Digital, said “The
combination of digital media, big data and communications technology will help
shape decision making in future Indian elections. Niti Digital wants to be at
the intersection of these streams. By making Indian election data easily
accessible to all, IndiaVotes is an important step in this direction.” 

Rajesh
Jain, who also runs Netcore Solutions, has been famous for launching IndiaWorld,
the largest collection of India-centric websites in 1995 (Samachar.com,
Khel.com, Khoj.com etc.), which he sold to Satyam Infoway, in November 1999, in
one of the country’s biggest internet acquisitions ever.

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