April 16, 2009 |
Voting in the world's most populous democracy kicks off today, featuring hundreds of political parties, aging leaders and a colorful cast of Bollywood and cricket stars offering themselves up for the yea or nay of the masses. An estimated 714 million people -- more than twice the population of the United States -- are eligible to vote in India's monthlong, rolling election.
July 22, 2007 |
India named its first female president Saturday after weeks of acrimonious campaigning that touched on sensitive issues such as political corruption, partisan gamesman ship and women's rights. Federal and state legislators elected Pratibha Patil to the largely ceremonial post, making this country the world's largest to boast a female head of state. The last woman to serve that function for India was Queen Victoria, during the days of the British Raj.
February 25, 2007 |
Fifteen police officers were killed Saturday when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in India's remote northeast, officials said. Sixty armed police officers who had been supervising elections in Bishenpur district were traveling in six vehicles back to their headquarters when rebels fired on them with automatic weapons, local police chief Jayanta Singh said. A fierce gun battle ensued, and the rebels then fled into dense forest, Singh said.
October 11, 2002 |
The political party that ruled Jammu and Kashmir state for the last half a century was humiliated at the polls Thursday, sparking calls for a new style in governing the region that has been racked by a Muslim insurgency. No party earned a majority in the 87-seat local legislature, paving the way for a coalition to replace the old guard.
September 24, 2002 |
Separatists launched grenade attacks on polling stations and fought gun battles with soldiers Monday as the Indian-held part of Kashmir geared up for another round of elections. Ten people were killed and 29 wounded. The violence came as tens of thousands of Indian soldiers built sandbag bunkers at polling booths for a second bout of voting today in India's portion of the Himalayan region, which is also claimed by Pakistan.
July 1, 2002 |
Choosing a president is India's way of putting its best face forward, and the likely election of a national hero known as the Missile Man sends a message to the world. India's Parliament and state assemblies are expected to vote on the largely ceremonial post in mid-July, and the power brokers appear to have settled on their candidate: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 71, the father of India's nuclear missile program.