Close to 900 million Indians are heading to the polls that started on April 11 and will end on May 19 to vote for their next government. A host of issues plague the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party, from rising unemployment in urban India, to plunging crop prices hurting its rural population. What will the people decide and why should India’s political parties pay attention to the 84 million first-time voters?
Vinita was an editor and writer at Kontinentalist. She has previously worked at Wildlife Reserves Singapore and co-founded an NGO to represent survivors of genocide in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She enjoys her daughter's animated babbling; swimming in oceans; Hindu mythology; ancient temple ruins; social justice and punk rock.
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