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Why Indian democracy still works

Ruchir Sharma meets mavericks and ministers, holy men and hoaxers on his illuminating roadtrip

By Oliver Balch   May 2019
Cut-outs of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Kolkata © (Photo by Avishek Das / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Cut-outs of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Kolkata © (Photo by Avishek Das / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Every time India goes to the polls, a world record is broken. With 900m of its 1.3bn citizens registered to vote, the upcoming election will be (again) the “largest ever exercise in democracy.” Yet, as Ruchir Sharma argues in this remarkable political travelogue, the focus…

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