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  1. Indian Candidates Face Off in Biggest-Ever Democratic Exercise

    With 370 parties on the ballot, Indian voters have plenty of choice, but novelist and skeptic Arundhati Roy says whoever is elected will serve corporate interests rather than those of the people. This weekend, 14 people have been killed in attacks by Maoist rebels, who claim they are fighting for a more equitable division of labor and resources. Polls show the BJP’s Narendra Modi as the leading candidate for prime minister. He is seen as an effective politician, but prominent Indians including Salman Rushdie have said that a Modi win would “bode ill for India.”

    Sources: BBC, The Guardian, Democracy Now, NYT

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