World’s Largest Democratic Election Result Is Counted
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India is counting votes Thursday after the world’s largest democratic election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term. His CBS News producer Arshad Rasool Zargar joined CBSN to dicuss the signifcance of the election and what to look out for as the results come in, in the video “India counts results of world’s largest democratic election“, below:
Narendra Modi is expected to win his second term as Prime Minister of India. His critics and opponent Rahul Gandhi feels that Modi’s party’s contentious relationship with Pakistan has fueled conflicts between India and Pakistan and that Modi has not created enough jobs for people of India. Modi’s critics also believe that Modi’s “Hindu First” message has fueled intolerance in India. Enshrined in Indian Constitution is the idea that India is built on socialist principles and a secular society. Mr. Modi’s critics claim that he is inching India toward a country built on Hindu principles where one citizen is “more equal than another”, based on casts and religion.
According to Zargar, some of the challenges facing India are:
- unemployment rate at India is at a four decades high
- millions of Indians are living below poverty line
- security and terrorism are also issues of concern for this election
Modi’s foreign policy has been appreciated by people of India. India is now seen as a major Asian power. Modi’s tough stand against Pakistan has helped him to win many votes during this election.
India is one of the worst countries subject to misinformation due to massive smartphone growth. Steps have taken to keep misinformation in check, but often too late.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory, in the video “India election results 2019: Narendra Modi takes landslide win, BBC News“, below:
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