Why the world should be watching India’s state elections

It’s the biggest poll of 2017 – worldwide, in terms of numbers

GN Bureau | January 4, 2017


#Uttar Pradesh   #India   #elections   #Nasim Zaidi  


India’s election commission on Wednesday announced the schedule to the assembly polls in five states, heralding the biggest political event in the calendar.

Some 60 million voters will be eligible to participate in the exercise, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said. That, however, is the number of voters; by the number of population of these states, a substantial segment of the world population is involved here.

If the five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – put together were a country, it would have been the fifth largest one. Their total population comes to 24,12,81,944 going by the Census 2011. On the global tally, the fifth largest country, Brazil, has a number count of 206,915,000.

Indeed, Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state population-wise, alone is bigger than Brazil. With a population of 199,581,477, if it were a country, UP would be the world's fifth most populous nation, next only to China, India, the USA and Indonesia.

The year 2017 will see key elections in the Netherlands, France, Norway, Argentina and Chile, among other nations. None would have more people voting than in these five states – which will define how the biggest democracy in the world will function till its national elections in 2019.

And that’s without counting other potential assembly elections like in the current calendar year, for example, Gujarat, where the assembly term ends in January next year but polls are expected by December this year.
 

Comments

 

Other News

How inequality keeps rising amid pandemic – and is killing people

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion (at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day) during the first two years of a pandemic while the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty. A new

Vistadome coaches on Central Railways a hit with passengers

The Vistadome coaches on Central Railways have received an overwhelming response from passengers. Not only have they boosted tourism and registered an occupancy of 20,407 passengers but also clocked revenue of Rs.2.38 crore between October and December 2021.   The CSMT-Madgaon-CSMT Jansh

Omicron on relentless run: India records 2.68 lakh cases

India is once again caught in a spike of Covid-19 cases, with the highly transmittable omicron driving numbers. The total cases in the country continued to increase on Saturday, recording 2.68 lakh cases in 24 hours. India`s active caseload currently stands at 14,17,820 or 3.85%, while the r

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, has written 31 books, and on January 15 he is releasing one more. ‘

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine Destination, 234 pages, Rs 350 ‘Veda’ literally means ‘knowledge’.

Humility: Going beyond binaries to deliver justice to tribals

Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion [Part of ‘Rethinking India’ series] Edited by Abhay Flavian Xaxa and G.N. Devy Penguin, xxvi+182 pages, Rs 699 ‘Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion’ (Penguin India), edited by

Visionary Talk: Farmer`s Agitation, Rakesh Tikait with Kailashnath Adhikari


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter