India's election is big but small on choice

Despite the huge turnout, India’s voters haven’t been presented with a great deal of choice in terms of who will run the country for the next five years.
BJP supporters
BJP supporters

India’s election this month is the biggest democratic poll in human history, with more than 800 million voters eligible to take part in a process that has lasted over a month.

But size isn’t everything. Despite the huge turnout, India’s voters haven’t been presented with a great deal of choice in terms of who will run the country for the next five years.

The two leading candidates for the job of prime minister are Rahul Gandhi, the heir to a political dynasty who says he wants to combat inequality, and Narendra Modi, a socially conservative Hindu accused of stirring up religious tensions.

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