The Anahita Speaker Series, an initiative by Carnegie India and the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, is a monthly women’s speaker series that aims to highlight the experiences and achievements of women professionals who are giants in their fields.

The 2019 Indian general election was the largest electoral exercise undertaken by a nation. The record number of voters participating in the electoral process received close attention from domestic and international media outlets. A domestic media house at the forefront of reporting on the elections and voicing the grievances of the public was Khabar Lahariya, India’s only women-led rural media channel, that reaches five million people a month through digital platforms. 

In this third edition of the Anahita Speaker Series, Kavita Devi, digital head and co-founder of Khabar Lahariya, drew upon her experience as a seasoned reporter to give us an insight into election reporting in rural Uttar Pradesh, and helped us decode the results of the 2019 general election. The discussion was moderated by Shruti Sharma, a research analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Technology and International Affairs Program.