The miracle of voting: In elections in India, size matters

Sandip Roy speaks to Mukulika Banerjee about what elections mean to India — and the real miracle in it.

Sandip Roy April 24, 2014 16:51:06 IST

We've heard it and read it — the largest democracy in the world will vote this year. But how large? What are the sheer numbers which get lost among the droves of people who queue up to cast their votes?

The numbers are simply mind-boggling: 930,000 polling stations, a million electronic voting machines, two million election officials and 720 million voters in the electorate — larger than the combined electorates of North America, Europe and Australia.

The miracle of voting In elections in India size matters

People vote in droves in India. PTI

In this audio feature, Sandip Roy speaks to Mukulika Banerjee (who teaches at the London School of Economics and has written 'Why India Votes') about what elections mean to India — and the real miracle in it.

Firstpost senior editor Sandip Roy produces a weekly audio postcard for public radio station KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco

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