General Elections Bharat: ‘A festival of democracy’


‘A festival of democracy’

By Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

Just like the two previous general elections in Bharat, 2014 and 2019 respectively, there is a breadth and depth of coverage in several TV channels as well as extensive material being presented 24/7 on social media, along with panel discussions and presentations by any number of political analysts and poll strategists. So, there is no dearth of information – in fact, it’s quite the opposite: an overload which any interested party can choose from. What follows therefore is culled from various sources which are not acknowledged individually except where these are specifically mentioned.

Polling officials carry election materials after disembarking from a boat as they head to a remote polling station ahead of the first phase of India’s general election in the Majuli district, in the northeastern state of Assam

The first thing that commands attention in this much-awaited mega event is the sheer number of the electorate: after all, this is the largest and possibly the oldest democracy that we are dealing with. Be ready for staggering statistics: 970 million eligible voters in the most populous country in the world at 1.4 billion plus people: over a thousand times more than our own tiny population of 1.2 million! (and dwindling). It is also interesting to note that the size of India’s electorate is bigger than the combined population of the 27 European Union member states. It includes 18 million first-time voters, and around 197 million who are in their 20s. Read More… Become a Subscriber

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