WATCH VIDEO LIVE: The first Indian and Chinese presidential debates will be conducted live on the Indian Government Television channel.
The live debate between President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be televised on May 18.
Ahead of the live debate, which is being watched by nearly 30 million viewers across India, Prime Minister Modi will also address the nation.
India will hold the first ever presidential debate on the eve of Republic Day, which marks the end of the National Day holiday.
India has been staging the debate, known as the ‘first presidential debate’, since 2012.
The candidates are scheduled to be announced by May 18, after which the live telecast will begin.
The Indian elections, which are due to be held next year, are a political test of Prime Minister and President Modi and their ability to shape India’s post-poll destiny.
The debate, the first since the 2011 election, will be seen by around a million viewers in the country, with the two leaders and their respective parties vying for votes in a country where only a third of Indians are eligible to vote.
Modi has been seen as a possible successor to the late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, while Mukherji has been criticised for his inexperience and failure to respond quickly to recent events.
The televised debate will be watched by around 30 million people across the country.