“India has gone for parliamentary elections 16 times thus far, yet we have not moved ahead from inking our fingers and registering our thumbprint or sign, all of which are prone to corruption,” writes an angry voter who found her name inexplicably deleted from the rolls. Here is her account of what followed, and what she has concluded from the experience.
India witnessed its first ever elections in 1951-52. Since then, the democratic system has undergone a sea change with the number of voters, political parties and other stakeholders growing exponentially. Today, India is the world’s largest democracy. How did it all start and where are we headed next?