This spring India returns to the polls for the world’s largest democratic exercise, with an estimated 850 million voters from Kashmir to Kerala determining which party controls the Lok Sabha. India’s growing economic and military strength, its strategic location, and its vast population mean that the election result will reverberate globally, and will be keenly observed in Beijing, Islamabad, and Washington. As Narendra Modi bids for a second term as Prime Minister, what issues are most likely to influence voters, and how do these vary by location, age, religion, or caste? How might this election shape India’s rise as a global power and its relations with the United States?
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