Between 16 April - 13 May
the worlds largest democracy will go into action. Being India the logistics
are mind boggling. Over 700 million eligible voters who will vote in over 700,000 polling stations for 1,055 political parties. The BBC goes on to explain what makes Indian elections special
. University of Maryland has Forecasts and Analysis
and Trends in Indian Election Politics
has both insight and an interesting blog roll. As Indian Politics are more than usually corrupt and thuggish there is website
dedicated to information about candidates with a criminal history. Sadly in spite of this great democratic exercise, repression of speech
and miscarriage of justice will probably still be around for a while.
posted by adamvasco
on Apr 3, 2009 -
India’s New Face.
"Meet Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and the brightest star in the Hindu-chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party. Under Modi, Gujarat has become an economic dynamo. But he also presided over India’s worst communal riots in decades, a 2002 slaughter that left almost 2,000 Muslims dead. Exploiting the insecurities and tensions stoked by India’s opening to the world, Modi has turned his state into a stronghold of Hindu extremism, shredding Gandhi’s vision of secular coexistence in the process. One day, he could be governing the world’s largest democracy." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Mar 11, 2009 -