India Insight

It’s raining freebies for voters in Tamil Nadu

April 7, 2011

By Neha Arha

With assembly elections in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu approaching, the trend of expecting something free in return for casting your vote is catching up fast. It is raining freebies in the state and this time it is not just colour television sets or liquor but also laptops for college students.

The no-vote option: Will Indians ever exercise it?

April 17, 2009

Democracy is all about choice and there have been calls to introduce a “none of the above” option in electronic voting machines so that guardians of the election process in the world’s largest democracy can reject candidates who don’t pass muster.