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World's Biggest Election Ever Is Happening Right Now In India

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Dallas, TX
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    India is currently holding the biggest (and longest) election in human history! Roughly 800,000 people are able to vote in the country. Why is nobody talking about this in the US? John Oliver brought it to my attention on the debut of his new HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'. The show is almost a carbon copy of 'The Daily Show', although they can cuss more freely, there are no commercial interruptions, and the interview at the end of the show is pre-recorded. Otherwise, its very similar, but also very good.

    Anyways, India's general election started April 7th and ends May 12th. As John Oliver points out, the two likely candidates to win have very compelling back stories, are very different, and the outcome of this election will undoubtedly have a direct impact on the U.S. in a multitude of ways. Shouldn't we care more? Here's a clip from the show, he does a very good job of bringing you up to speed on the candidates and the election:

    http://youtu.be/5tCmriZSxxk?t=5m37s
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Early exit polling suggests that Narendra Modi is set to win the election, and will most likely become India's next Prime Minister. Voter turnout was at an all-time high too, at 66%. The final results will officially we announced on Friday, May 16th.

    http://time.com/96528/bjp-india-exit-poll-modi/
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Narendra Modi is officially the new Prime Minister of India.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    He definitely seems like quite an interesting individual. I wonder if he will live up to his campaign promises of being dedicated to expanding the economy and not focusing on his ultra Hindu nationalistic beliefs. His resounding victory shows that the Hindu majority is entirely unhappy with the status quo and ready for a big change. A party has not won by the margin Mr. Modi's party did in thirty years, which goes to show that the Indian people are clamoring for a new direction. It will be quite interesting to see what direction Modi takes the world's largest democracy.