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1:08pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 5/14/14

India's Wall of Noise

BJP supporters at a rally
sandip Roy

India is noisy. But at election time the noise reaches a different level. Democracy in action in India is spirited,  Raucous. And not always harmonious. We’ll know the results by the end of this week. But for now our ears are still ringing with the sounds of Election 2014. 

This is a soundscape from the greatest show on earth.  

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6:45am

Wed May 7, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/7/2014

The Road to Amethi

Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi
Sandip Roy

Amethi is the pocket borough of India’s most powerful family, the Gandhi's. Usually, the political top bosses get a pass in the elections. The opposition rarely puts up strong candidates against them in their home. Sort of parliamentary etiquette. This time it’s different.

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2:18pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/30/2014

Disco Dance of Indian Democracy

Bappi Lahiri at an election rally
sandip Roy

The Times of India newspaper called this Indian election a "Dance of Democracy." But for Sandip Roy it's more of a 'Disco' Dance of Democracy.

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6:45am

Wed April 23, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/23/2014

India's political jukebox

Drummers for the Congress Party
Sandip Roy

An Indian election campaign is not entirely unlike a Bollywood film. The heroes and villains might flip flop depending on your party preference.  But the script has all the ingredients of a good old Bollywood masala film.

Welcome to  Indian elections 2014 – the musical hits.

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6:22am

Wed April 16, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/16/2014

Showing politicians the finger!

A man shows that he voted in India
Sandip Roy

Whenever India goes to the polls the world takes notice. Some of the wonder is just about the sheer  mind boggling scale of it.  The election going on right now from April 7th  until May 12th for example will involve 930,000 polling stations across India.

Sandip Roy goes to the polls.

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