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Getting mighty crowded: 800m is a lot of people to get to the polls. EPA/Jagadeesh NV

Social media scrutiny promises a cleaner election in India

The first set of Indian constituencies goes to the polls on April 7 in what has been described as “the biggest election ever seen”. The scale of organisation needed to co-ordinate this democratic exercise…
Many of India’s systems and institutions are corrupt. Will India’s disaffected youth be judging their candidates based on this? AAP

Corruption provides a focus for India’s sprawling electoral contest

In some ways, India is the world in microcosm: 1.2 billion people, more than twice the population of the European Union, and a federation of 28 states (same as the EU), plus seven union territories. The…
The future for women could be brighter. agnihot

Indian women are more educated, but less employed

Indian women are more educated than they have ever been. Yet, the latest figures show that fewer of them are working. Some have attributed the decline to increased enrolment in education of younger population…
India and the Philippines want to be known for more than their global call centres. Shutterstock.com

Call centres and compromise: the changing face of outsourcing

When Qantas wished to outsource some of its engineering operations in the 1990s it came to a compromise with the unions - the 767s would be done in-house, and the 747s outsourced. Decades on, clashes between…
When 814 million Indians go to the polls next month, who will they choose? AAP

A view to lead India: who are the candidates?

India will go to the polls from April 5 to May 12 to choose between three party leaders for its next prime minister. The first is a seasoned politician and three-time chief minister, the Bharatiya Janata…
World’s biggest democracy: voters queue to register. EPA/Jaipal Singh

India goes to the polls in the biggest election ever seen

After weeks of waiting for the dates to be announced, the dates and process of the next election in the world’s largest democracy have been confirmed. On 9 separate days between April 7 and May 12, 814m…

Dust in Africa means rain in India

Dust from northern Africa and western Asia is having a direct influence on stronger monsoons in India. Researchers have found…
Narendra Modi: is this India’s next prime minister? EPA/Jaipal Singh

India 2014: the mother of all elections

India may not be the world’s oldest democracy but it is certainly the biggest. The next elections for its parliament will be the largest ever, with a total of 814 million people eligible to vote – 100…
Just make sure you get a receipt. Tom Miller/PA

India’s firm stance on tax could actually help investors

India keeps getting into arguments with foreign firms over tax; is it wise to do so? The Financial Times, for one, is in no doubt that India is scaring off foreign investors, and that it is making a mistake…
Indian-Australian co-productions such as Besharam are part of an expanding cosmopolitan Bollywood. Reliance Entertainment

Bollywood and Australia: worth making a song and dance about

It’s 101 years since the birth of Bollywood, the world’s largest and most vibrant movie industry and, of course, that’s more than enough time to mature and alter, to grow arms and legs. For some time…
Right twice a day - but not this time. Steve Parsons/PA

The Daily Mail’s petition gets international aid wrong

The Daily Mail has launched a petition which strongly urges prime minister David Cameron to “divert some of the £11 billion a year spent on overseas aid to ease the suffering of British flood victims…
Typical day for women workers in Mumbai. Anthony Devlin/PA

India’s urban work boom is leaving women behind

Nearly 400m people live in cities in India and during the next 40 years that number will more than double. Not only is the…

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