April 11, 2014

In India, Politics Is Criminal

Ram Mashru, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

This week marked the beginning of India’s mammoth general elections. Between April 7 and May 12, 814 million people – the largest electorate in the world – will have the chance to choose the country’s 16th government. And early estimates of the voter turnout show that this is an election in which Indians are energized and engaged. But one regrettable fact mars this feat of democracy: the selection of political candidates facing criminal charges.

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