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For whom the polls vote

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As India celebrates its great tradition of universal adult suffrage and with the electorate in the country (electoral rolls in January 2019) of around 900 million, up by 84 million from the 814.5 million registered voters in 2014, two fundamental issues crop up. The first is of the millions being excluded from the process and the categories being thus disenfranchised. Informed estimates say that some 52 million voters will not find their names on the voters’ list, signifying that the ballots are clearly not voting for these Indians. The mammoth numbers have been calculated from the 2018 electoral rolls that suffered from an undercount of around six per cent. Researchers established that there should have been 931 million........

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