torsdag 20. desember 2018

Criminal Politicians: Why are so many people facing criminal charges still elected to India’s legislative bodies?

Crime and politics in India are so intertwined that a “clean politician” sounds like an oxymoron, a breed that no longer exists. This fact hits home even harder as the world’s largest democracy, and, with 1.3 billion people, the second most populous nation after China, gears up for a high-octane election in 2019 to determine the fate of the ruling Narendra Modi government.

Democracy is thriving in India, with 554 million voters queuing up at over 900,000 stations to cast their ballots in 2014 to determine the fortunes of 8,250 candidates representing 464 political parties. But all is not well with the country’s polity.