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Everyday problems important when 900 million are voting
"Everyday problems important when 900 million are voting"

"Unemployment, poverty, and growing divisions based on class."

"election issues has been overshadowed by security concerns and religious tensions as India conducts the world's largest democratic elections. Now it has soon come halfway."

"Jättenationen India is struggling with high unemployment. How high it is, there are divided opinions about, because the way of measuring has changed over the years. But some figures suggesting that it may be higher than in the last several decades."

"This has become one of the most important election issues for many indians, especially young people, when the nation is now carrying out its parliamentary elections. It says the journalist Ananya Bhardwaj, on the phone to the TT."

"– In the lower social classes, it is really a jobbkris, " she says."

"In the 20-miljonerstaden Delhi, where she lives, many lost their jobs or small businesses during the chaotic currency reform, which was implemented in 2016. It has hampered people's livelihood, in a city that is already growing at a rapid rate and where the cost of living skyrockets. Inequality is increasing and becoming a breeding ground for discontent."

"Nationalistic focus"

"The current government, with prime minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP in the lead, has not managed to do the India to the flourishing exportekonomi that neighbor China managed to become. Instead, it has focused on the hindu, nationalist aspirations, that of the outside world have been met with criticism and concern."

"– the Voters see that the promises of more jobs which Modi gave before the 2014 elections have not been honoured, " says Ananya Bhardwaj."

"The political opposition have faced problems by promising a kind of guaranteed income for families. But Ananya Bhardwaj'm not sure that those promises can tip the väljarskaran over from the american the BJP."

"– Modi promised something similar last elections, but nothing happened. Promises are one thing, but what happens on the ground is something completely different, " she says."

"Other important issues, mainly for India's urban population, is worn out and undersized transportation systems and air pollution that starts to kill the inhabitants. However, it is not the issues as the election campaign acted very much about, despite voters 'dissatisfaction," says Ananya Bhardwaj."

"– They who are versed enough to understand all these factors are against the current government, " she says."

"– If prices for e.g. food goes up or down, it can put speed on the sympatiförändringarna in India much more than talk about religion, " says Sten Widmalm, Sydasienforskare at Uppsala university."

"another issue that affects both urban and rural areas is the rampant lack of clean water."

"India is soon halfway through the election that takes place in seven phases over the country, but it is too early to know anything about the end. The votes will be counted first in may. Much, however, indicate that the Modis party will once again lead the country."

"It is India, then, we will get to see is one where democracy is challenged all the more," says Sten Widmalm. According to his research, the trend is clear: Within a decade, the risk of India – in the day called world's largest democracy – to be in par with Pakistan in terms of democracy."

"Something Delhi journalist Ananya Bhardwaj do not think is going to happen."

"the Election to the indian lower house, lok sabha, starting on 11 april and takes place at different times in the country's 29 states and seven territories until 19 may. The result will be announced on may 23."

"a Total of 543 new members will be elected. Parliament will then appoint a new prime minister. The incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi, who represents hindunationalistiska the BJP challenged the Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi."

"All of that is over the age of 18 can vote, in other words, around 900 million inhabitants. In the 2014 election voted 550 million voters."

"Sources: Reuters, CNN, TT's archives"

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