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India's massive general election

On May 16th, 2009, the Election Commission of India announced the results of its recent month-long India-wide election for their lower house of Parliament - the largest democratic election in the world. An estimated 714 million voters (from a population of 1.2 billion) were eligible to cast their vote in one of five separate phases at over 800,000 polling stations, starting on April 16th. Logistically difficult, massive in scale, and opposed by various rebel groups, separatists and protestors, the elections still managed to be held with minimal disruption, with an average voter turnout of greater than 56%. The big winner was the the Indian National Congress party, which will form the new government under the incumbent prime minister Manmohan Singh. As with any photo story from India, it is impossible to capture every aspect in just a handful of pictures - collected here are only some of the scenes that played out across the nation over the last month. (40 photos total)

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Sonapur, about 50 km (31 miles) from Guwahati, India on April 23, 2009. Millions of Indians voted in this, the second stage of a month-long general election. (REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)
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250 comments so far...
1.

Awesome pics!
Thank you.

Posted by Nick Sushkevich May 22, 09 11:58 AM
2.

#29 is hilarious :D

Posted by Fredrik Danell May 22, 09 12:08 PM
3.

Wow.. !!! Amazing photographs.. Thanks for uploading these beautiful pictures covering this mammoth democratic exercise in the most diversified nation on the planet.

Posted by Ritish May 22, 09 12:10 PM
4.

i m firts
soy el primero

very nice pictures!

Posted by jorge mendez May 22, 09 12:12 PM
5.

These pictures are great.

Posted by Tyler K May 22, 09 12:14 PM
6.

the irony of #29 is particularly striking...

Posted by just me May 22, 09 12:16 PM
7.

30 is crazy!

Posted by Zander May 22, 09 12:17 PM
8.

Amazing, just shows ink is mightier then the sword!

Posted by Chris May 22, 09 12:23 PM
9.

#29 - In India, the middle finger doesn't mean the same thing as it does in the US. In fact, it has no meaning!

Posted by JK May 22, 09 12:27 PM
10.

I thought in this election the indelible ink was applied to the middle finger (as in photo 29), but almost all photos show it in the index finger.

Posted by sram May 22, 09 12:29 PM
11.

#37 highlights one of the least favoured images of popular/mainstream media, that of the underbelly of the world's 'largest democracy'.

Great pictures, #30 is my favourite.

Posted by Rakesh Rajwani May 22, 09 12:32 PM
12.

Wow, stunning, unimaginable logistics. 714 million potential voters with a 56% turn out. Good for them, I love them proudly displaying their inked fingers. Thirteen times the population of my country (Canada) turned out to vote.
Thank you for the images.

Posted by John May 22, 09 12:34 PM
13.

#'s 28-9 are classic. 30=scary.

Posted by Deek Dubberly May 22, 09 12:41 PM
14.

Great work... I feel proud!
-- Indian

Posted by Anonymous May 22, 09 12:58 PM
15.

Magnificent pictures, thanks a lot!

Posted by Erik Sandell May 22, 09 01:01 PM
16.

Yes it means nothing -- but it sure its funny when you have Bollywood's biggest star with his family flipping the birdy :D CLASSIC

Posted by gandu May 22, 09 01:03 PM
17.

@JK (comment #9):

The middle finger may not mean anything to the average Indian, but since this is a family of a Bollywood star, and judging by the looks on their faces, they all knew exactly what message they were sending in this picture.

Also, since this is the only picture Alan chose to include that shows the middle finger being inked, I can't help but think that he wanted to point something out (so to speak).

Another fine collection of images!

Posted by Mark Newhouse May 22, 09 01:05 PM
18.

It brings a tear to my eye to realize that a nation of 1,200,000,000 people actually lives under democracy. Wish I could say the same for a certain populous nation to the North. Even so, maybe our world isn't so bad after all.

Posted by D May 22, 09 01:21 PM
19.

Good one!!!

Posted by GlobalOttawa May 22, 09 01:25 PM
20.

It's not Chiranjeevi on the left in #14. It is NTR's son Bala Krishna, who campaigned for Chiranjeevi's rival party, Telugu Desam, founded by his dad, the late NTR himself. If you notice keenly, the hair styling and the stache are different.

#25, #35 and #39 are fantastic.

Posted by Sandhya May 22, 09 01:28 PM
21.

beautiful photos, but probably chosen for picturesque value more than demographic representation? I didn't see any middle class voters, or voting in city constituency. Only villagers and celebrities!

Posted by unrepentant indian May 22, 09 01:29 PM
22.

@29

No, _they_ knew what it meant.

Posted by mdmadph May 22, 09 01:30 PM
23.

# 17, 18, 35

The strong beauty of India.

Posted by mama May 22, 09 01:46 PM
24.

#18 could get the photographer in some really serious trouble with the Indian authorities if they chose to prosecute. The ballot is supposed to be secret and any violation of that privacy is illegal.

Posted by raven May 22, 09 01:49 PM
25.

#35 is powerful

Posted by Anonymous May 22, 09 01:58 PM
26.

Really a great collection, especially the 3rd photo, simple awesome..

Posted by Rakesh Sivan May 22, 09 02:02 PM
27.

I agree, #18 needs to be removed.

Posted by RJ May 22, 09 02:06 PM
28.

What is the meaning of the symbols (icons?) in #21?

Posted by mariusz May 22, 09 02:07 PM
29.

the photo no. 31 is just amazing...

Posted by ana May 22, 09 02:18 PM
30.

#25 Shaka!

Posted by Schmierwurst May 22, 09 02:28 PM
31.

Amazing and fantastic pictures! Just incredible. Thank you!

Posted by mileslarboy May 22, 09 02:58 PM
32.

RE:
What is the meaning of the symbols (icons?) in #21?

Not everyone can read. Therefore, in India, there are symbols associated with each political party, just like in US the replublican and democratic parties have elephant and horse.

Posted by snowleopard May 22, 09 03:09 PM
33.

Something about #11 is so captivating. I think it's the eyes.

Posted by Andrew May 22, 09 03:10 PM
34.

Please remove #18, or atleast photoshop it so that one can't see who she is voting for.

Posted by snowleopard May 22, 09 03:10 PM
35.

What do the pictures on the ballot represent in #21? Just curious.
They don't seem to be a party symbol, so i was just curious as to what they are really for.

Interesting process. Why do we restrict our process to one day. They should do a 3 day period here to reduce the impact of presidential elections. It would give people a better chance to voice their opinion through a vote. It is probably not immeditae enough a result for the media, but they never wait to call it anyways. Now they couldn;t project anything at least until day two or three. They could try, and probably would, but at least more would have a chance to participate.

Posted by beaker May 22, 09 03:20 PM
36.

@ commenter 28. The symbols represent the symbol of the party the contestant whose name appears next to it belongs to. It is to facilitate the illiterate people (around 50% of the Indian population) to find out the party they support on the ballot box even if they cant read the names.

Nice collection but not as diverse as the Indian population. Pics are mostly from the north-eastern states and Hyderabad and that too from the villages and mostly of women :) Well, the women bit is still understandable due to the immense beauty and colour of an Indian women's persona and atire.

Posted by Palak May 22, 09 03:51 PM
37.

@34, the caption says "Poll officials inspect an electronic voting machine at a distribution centre in Mumbai" Sounds like they're showing some staffers testing the machine before it is sent out to a polling station, not looking over someone's shoulder as they vote. Where did you get the idea that it's showing some woman's actual vote?

Posted by rich May 22, 09 04:10 PM
38.

"immense beauty and colour of an Indian woman's persona and atire" is absolutely correct. This is one of my favorite Big Pictures. Everything about this event is beautiful and astounding, from the elegance of the people and their clothing to the awe-inspiring numbers of citizens who care enough about their country to have a say in its future. Even the ballots are beautiful.

Posted by L May 22, 09 04:48 PM
39.

Scene from #31....

Polling Agent: You're monks! You're supposed to be peaceful and docile!
Monk: We are not THOSE kind of monks, sir!

Posted by kevjohn May 22, 09 04:49 PM
40.

RE: the caption says "Poll officials inspect an electronic voting machine at a distribution centre in Mumbai" Sounds like they're showing some staffers testing the machine before it is sent out to a polling station, not looking over someone's shoulder as they vote. Where did you get the idea that it's showing some woman's actual vote?

You are looking at #21, we are talking about #18. Clearly seen is a woman and it doesn't take much for someone to figure out who she voted for.

Posted by I May 22, 09 06:56 PM
41.

@37 You're looking at the wrong picture.

#18 An woman casts her vote at a polling station on April 23, 2009 in the town of Mukalmua, near Guwahati, India. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #

Posted by Geoff May 22, 09 07:47 PM
42.

It's amazing and beautiful to me that such a huge nation can have so many people turn out to vote, sometimes crossing on cable cars or walking in the heat. It's sad that in America, the "founding democracy," so many people care so little about voting.

Posted by Ismael May 22, 09 08:16 PM
43.

Such a diverse population.

Posted by dayz May 22, 09 08:31 PM
44.

Awesome post..and a good turn out despite the heat and everything!@!

Posted by Shikhar May 22, 09 08:39 PM
45.

Woh! Woh!...Woh!

Which one is my prefered photot?
1,2,3,...39 inc.

Posted by pierroro May 22, 09 08:51 PM
46.

Awesome pics man...great photography... these pictas shows the real essence of India during election time...!!!! I suggest you to have an exhibition of these pics in hard form... :)

Posted by Binoy May 22, 09 09:45 PM
47.

#29 is such a fun pic. Some people are getting needlessly touchy about it.

Posted by Vijay May 22, 09 09:51 PM
48.

Agree 100% wih mdmadph about #29. They absolutely knew what they were doing and they're doing it. Wonder who/what they are flipping at?!

Posted by rachch May 22, 09 09:59 PM
49.

Oh my motherland!

Posted by Nimit May 22, 09 10:06 PM
50.

#24, and all those many, many plastic chairs, reminded me of this article from Smithsonian Magazine (July 2004) - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/seat.html "No matter what you’re doing, millions of other people around the world are likely sitting right now on a single-piece, jointless, all-plastic, all-weather, inexpensive, molded stacking chair. It may be the most popular chair in history."

Posted by Jeff D. May 22, 09 10:24 PM
51.

I also strongly support removal of #18.
The woman in the photo (or her family) may face serious repercussions if she was voting for a candidate with a violent opposition in her area.

Posted by Mil May 23, 09 12:09 AM
52.

A beautiful montage to show the hope brought about by Obama's victory over the oppressive dictator that ruled India.

Posted by Ragtimer May 23, 09 12:10 AM
53.

#35 so amazing. Great. I love.

Posted by Sandy May 23, 09 12:23 AM
54.

Facts in the pictures #1 & #32 are contradicting about the same place Sonapur. Also #14 factually wrong as pointed by Comment #20, Sandhya.

But excellent pics capturing the mood .....

Posted by Ram N May 23, 09 12:28 AM
55.

Thrilled to see the snaps. thanks a lot. please remove photograph #18. you may bring somebody's life in danger.

Posted by prasad May 23, 09 12:34 AM
56.

In an abundance of caution, I've removed photo #18. It was a lovely image of a woman casting her vote - but, regardless of whether it was an actual or staged vote, the perception of who she voted for might be enough to cause problems. Thanks to all for your input.

Posted by alan taylor May 23, 09 12:42 AM
57.

The title throw me for a loop.

When I see the word massive, election isn't the first word that comes to mind.

Posted by Eric Shun May 23, 09 01:03 AM
58.

Indian Muslims seem to be clearly on the forefront, participating in and guarding the world's largest democracy--INDIA. Muslims of the non-democratic nations of the world, take heart from this great experience; change is coming your way! Keep pressing for democracy, instead of bending to self-serving Sheikhs and misguided theology of the radical clergy.

Posted by Surinder May 23, 09 01:03 AM
59.

The Bollywood stars are not flipping the bird. They must have voted for the state legislative assembly elections and so the index finger would have already marked. For the central legislative elections, they must had their middle fingers marked.

Posted by Rajat May 23, 09 01:43 AM
60.

Wonderful!!
started seeing the Photography and gradually the emotion raised, by the end, i forget i'm a fotografer and felt great fro living in this wonderful country.
Incredible India!!
--Kamal, Bangalore.

Posted by KAMAL May 23, 09 01:51 AM
61.

It warms my heart to see that India has such a terrific handle on managing such a large election. We here in the US can certainly learn from their example, but it seems we have a long way to go.

Despite the fact that sectarian violence is common in their country, they still manage to get along well-enough to have an election without complaints of vast fraud, paranoia, and over-sensitivity to having their credentials verified.

Could you imagine the uproar here in the United States if we tried to implement some of these election safeguards?

Marking a finger to ensure no one votes twice- "Oh HELL No." That wouldn't happen, the ACLU would crap their pants of someone tried to legislate that practice into existence.

Police enforcing order at the polling places? That would lead to voter disenfranchisement, don't you know...

Posted by Darius in Detroit May 23, 09 02:23 AM
62.

All are great. Thanks a lot

Posted by Swadhin May 23, 09 02:50 AM
63.

Well done photo series. Hopefully #29 won't have to grow to be a bigger part in the overall picture.

Posted by Birmingham May 23, 09 02:52 AM
64.

#29 is just offensive. They KNOW what they're doing, unless bollywood is located under a rock.

And @ Vijay - No, it isn't a fun pic. In fact, I don't know how anyone can think of that pic as a fun pic. They're intentionally flipping off the camera, knowing full well what it's meaning is, and yet they still did it. I never liked those actors to begin with (sh*tty acting, cheesy as sh*t lines, and constant rip-offs of other peoples movies), and now I have another reason to add to the list. Idiots, all 4 of them.

Good

Posted by Kpanchal May 23, 09 03:56 AM
65.

Really wonderful.
R.S.Meena Bundi (Rajasthan)

Posted by Ram Swaroop Meena May 23, 09 04:09 AM
66.

Amazing snaps....seriously dis kind of diversity in the participation of general elections cannot be seen in any modern nation state.... we indeed should be proud to be citizens of such a great nation...

Posted by Shreyoshi May 23, 09 05:21 AM
67.

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for posting.

My favorite one is #31 - showing that even a monk can get violent if his basic right is under threat :).

Posted by Animesh May 23, 09 05:47 AM
68.

vERY NICE NEWS AND PICTURES!

Posted by ORNELLA May 23, 09 06:09 AM
69.

Speechless... buddy... thanks for publishing such a huge events... i never realized before that it would be so ineteresting..... I wish, i were one of the 714 million voters, i missed thisk election as i was in Nigeria.... anyways, thanks once again....

Posted by HEMANT RATHORE, LAGOS, NIGERIA May 23, 09 07:44 AM
70.

Great photos!

Posted by dip May 23, 09 08:01 AM
71.

Regarding #29 and the middle finger...

The ink is usually on the index finger, but Mumbai had had local body elections recently and so people that voted in those elections already had their index fingers marked so the authorities decided to go with the next finger for the national elections.

And it does mean the same thing in India.

Posted by John May 23, 09 08:05 AM
72.

Re: #29: The Bachchans were clearly delighted in being able to get their own back at the Indian media without having to worry about the consequences! Very nice set of photos.
Re: The Cable car photo. Several years ago there were two Indian election photos that depicted the lengths people go to in India to exercise their right to vote. One was of election officials and the voting machines perched precariously atop an elephant as it lumbered its way up a high-altitude mountain pass that was the only access to a remote village. The other was of brothers carrying their wizened mother - she looked 100 - on a makeshift rope palanquin so she could vote.

Posted by NA May 23, 09 08:51 AM
73.

"A beautiful montage to show the hope brought about by Obama's victory over the oppressive dictator that ruled India." ????

Where did that come from???

Posted by BigPictureFan May 23, 09 09:05 AM
74.

Al, I could look at your photos for hours & not get tired..each one is like a journey into life. The colors & detail & meaning are so breathtaking. Thank you for sharing with everyone.

Posted by Johnnie May 23, 09 09:54 AM
75.

#29 was awesome :D

Posted by yash May 23, 09 09:58 AM
76.

That little old woman in photo #5 is just inspiring.

Posted by Patrick May 23, 09 10:16 AM
77.

If India can get it right, why can't we (the US)?

Posted by C R May 23, 09 10:20 AM
78.

Like the oldies voting :)
Says a lot about democracy :)

Posted by Khalil Sawant May 23, 09 10:23 AM
79.

Incredible Shots! Truly captures the length and breath of India

Posted by Aditi Das Patnaik May 23, 09 10:56 AM
80.

Excellent Pictures..... knitted the whole thread of election into one India. Great job done ....keep up the good work.

Posted by Dr. Suchi Dubey May 23, 09 10:58 AM
81.

Good great work .....

Posted by Amit Rai May 23, 09 11:05 AM
82.

CR - How does having the longest continuous Federal Republic( 220 years) in history equate to "not getting it right?

Also, give the people in #29 a break. It was a welcome funny picture. I liked it.

Posted by Mike Mc May 23, 09 11:40 AM
83.

Splendid pics...simply breathtaking. Feels proud to be a part of a country where the sheer population displays the power of choice!

Cheers!

Posted by Apoorv Sharma May 23, 09 12:01 PM
84.

absolutely amazing pics ! felt like i was in an art gallery (in my own home )

Posted by nyoike May 23, 09 12:10 PM
85.

Chiranjeevi, the guy in #4 and #14 is probably better known to Western audiences due to this infamous song and dance video that he starred in many years ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJRNyPK-lc

Yep, he's the gentleman in the red suit!

Posted by MB May 23, 09 12:14 PM
86.

Those are some really great pics depicting india

Posted by Anonymous May 23, 09 12:18 PM
87.

Wow. awesome pics.

Posted by a traveller... May 23, 09 12:21 PM
88.

Truly amazing. World's biggest democracy chooses her leader...Beware enemies of democracy, India is the bellwether of democratic process in the world....

Posted by Siddharth May 23, 09 12:27 PM
89.

#27 & #33 photos are my favorites. I wonder why no one pointed those out.

Posted by ramesh May 23, 09 12:30 PM
90.

RE: "Marking a finger to ensure no one votes twice- "Oh HELL No." That wouldn't happen, the ACLU would crap their pants of someone tried to legislate that practice into existence."

Right on, man. We Americans have so much to learn - or should I say, RELEARN.
BTW, get over #29 people. Who cares if they knew what they were doing or not, it's another country - another culture. Anyone who says otherwise needs to get off their high horse.

Congrats, India! I'm excited for you...

Posted by Wes (USA) May 23, 09 12:33 PM
91.

#29 had already done the rounds in the net-literate crowd before coming here :). it surely was a nice opportunity for them to get back to media without being held responsible for it!

and no, it wasnt only them who got such middle finger pics clicked that day. it was a govt ruling that middle fingers wd be marked in Bombay instead of the usual index finger - possibly the outcome of some guy who didn't know the significance. . all political leaders were also showing it to public, public was showing it back to politicians. what fun. Life's pretty much like this.

Posted by Twilight Fairy May 23, 09 12:42 PM
92.

#6: CRAZY DREADS!!!!!!!

Posted by Nikola Koprivica May 23, 09 12:58 PM
93.

Great pictures.

Posted by H May 23, 09 12:58 PM
94.

Fabulous..India as it IS...!!!! loved all of them..

Posted by devank May 23, 09 01:14 PM
95.

Thx for sharing the beautiful pictures. India is so diversefied!!

Posted by Rajeev Verma May 23, 09 01:18 PM
96.

I think #1 sets the tone. Anyway, feeling great, brilliant work

Posted by Naveen May 23, 09 01:25 PM
97.

That is the beauty of the India. Even india have lot of problems still country runs. Love and affection makes people live together and be polite.

Biggest democratic country had completed biggest elections peacefully and successfully. These days people are more educated and they know the value of their own vote. They say they can change country by voting.

Posted by tad May 23, 09 01:37 PM
98.

India in vivid colours and emotions! How absolutely stunning and enriching. Merci!

Posted by Elisabeth Rowley Mitchell May 23, 09 02:00 PM
99.

I have lived all my 32 years in India but I had no idea of scenes like #1, #5, #6, #11, #20 and #30. Thank you Alan.

Posted by bagheera May 23, 09 02:47 PM
100.

I guess father and son were trying to convey a message- they are asking the opposition parties to F* Off

Posted by cleopatra May 23, 09 03:04 PM
101.

Re:A beautiful montage to show the hope brought about by Obama's victory over the oppressive dictator that ruled India.

Whatt!!

Posted by rediff May 23, 09 03:10 PM
102.

Nice pictures...
Proud to be an indian..
Jai hind.

Posted by abhishek May 23, 09 03:21 PM
103.

Incredible India ! Beautiful pictures defining new India.

Posted by Karunesh May 23, 09 03:32 PM
104.

the default finger for the indelible is indeed the index finger. the ink was applied on the middle finger only in states where assembly elections were held recently . this was done so that voters who voted in the assembly elections would still be able to vote in the general elections as their middle fingers were unmarked.

Posted by anand ramachandran May 23, 09 03:36 PM
105.

this really reminded the integrity of my motherland.
all these pics shows our "UNITY IN DIVERSITY"

Posted by Gunvant Jain May 23, 09 03:52 PM
106.

Incredible India..it makes me feel proud...awesome collection...keep up d gud wrk!!!!!!

Posted by cheshta ....... May 23, 09 03:55 PM
107.

I choose not to "get" the Bachchan's little democracy-belittling joke. Go ahead and call me a curmudgeon if you like.
As megastars millions emulate, they could've instead chosen NOT to deprecate the elections.

Posted by ReignForrest May 23, 09 05:14 PM
108.

Why do the comments feel the need to point out that someone is Muslim, but not that others are Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, etc.? The state of the discourse in America these days, I guess.

Posted by Blake May 23, 09 06:19 PM
109.

Turn out #29 was so because index finger was used for another local election (of the BMC).
The best photo in my view is #35. Many muslim countries can take a cue from it.

Posted by Romeo May 23, 09 06:40 PM
110.

electronic voting machines are dodgy! even usa shys away from that...and in India you got to think of the worst bungling to happen ...
and then the media which covers the candidates it supports unabashedly even while the election takes place during the mammoth 5 week period...
can't be sure if its a true exercise of democracy...

Posted by sesta May 23, 09 06:55 PM
111.

@106, do you seriously think "flipping the bird" is a universal gesture? Go back under the rock you came out of.

Posted by Shii May 23, 09 07:21 PM
112.

Wonderful pictures - I have always wanted to visit India, now I want to even more! Absolutely fascinating!

Posted by Miami Mike May 23, 09 09:37 PM
113.

In the USA we have dismal voter turnout rates with much easy access to polling locations while these photographs are testament to a people who are truly passionate about the right and obligation to participate in the democratic process.

Posted by tom May 23, 09 10:49 PM
114.

I liked
# 33 mood if full of colour and similes
# 35 mood is of seriousness and character

Hope my India has prosperity, peace and serenity. India is able to create clean-energy, build its infrastructure, give its children better education and distribute wealth across. I would like India to put a end to hatred on likes of cast, creed, religion.

Posted by BB May 24, 09 01:32 AM
115.

Great pictures,
I would have like to have seen a picture of the monk slapping around those hipsters and their middle fingers. I am sure that the middle finger in India means only a middle finger, but me and my high horse would have like to have seen it anyways. Thanks for the great pictures.

Posted by raul briseno May 24, 09 02:56 AM
116.

Amazing! Back in the 70s I learnt of "Unity in Diversity" in school in Bombay and it has stuck in my mind over the years. This gallery has give it an image. Thanks!

BTW, See this as well. A one-man polling station! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8009522.stm

Posted by Francisds May 24, 09 03:37 AM
117.

fantastic pics. I suggest they put kpanchal (response no 64) in a museum.

Posted by rits May 24, 09 04:16 AM
118.

Dear buggering hell there's a lot of people here getting righteously indignant about nothing.

It was the finger they got marked. If you're that easily offended get off the internet and lock yourself away in some kind of sensory deprivation cubicle.

Fantastic photos. 15 and 40 are stunning.

Posted by Pete May 24, 09 04:27 AM
119.

@109, the electonic voting machines have worked successfully for the last decade in national and provincial elections. There should be no reasons to be sceptical.

Posted by Kit May 24, 09 04:30 AM
120.

awesome pics....a true metamorphosis... of a maturing nation.... long live democracy....... but why the middle finger...??????

Posted by sunita nair May 24, 09 06:03 AM
121.

this epitomises democracy. a concept that started in ancient Greece more than 2500 years back. Just imagine the scale to which it has been taken to in India - 750Million voters, 30 states, so many languages, so many different groups, so many religions, so many castes, but unified under one country- and 60 years of uninterrupted democracy. this is what every Indian can be proud of ( apart from the proper usage of electronic voting machnies that USA has not been able to learn as 109 pointed out!!!)

Posted by RamG May 24, 09 06:06 AM
122.

Fantastic display of people exercising their franchise !! This proves that India is and will continue to be a great Democratic country in spite of odds

Posted by RAMASWAMY May 24, 09 06:35 AM
123.

Nice pictures.

Is there a way to see all the unpublished pictures?
Each post shows only 30 to 40 pictures. I assume there will be more pictures taken and only limited version is selected.

If that is the case, I would like to have a look at all the pictures in a series.

Posted by biswanath May 24, 09 08:15 AM
124.

30 and 33 are my favorites.
great photo collection. congratulations all those involved.
the comments make this page that much livelier.
INDIA WARTS AND ALL.

Posted by B Ray Chaudhury May 24, 09 09:32 AM
125.

These are beautiful expressions of the power of democracy

Posted by Jeewan May 24, 09 09:50 AM
126.

@ 110 : "@106, do you seriously think "flipping the bird" is a universal gesture? Go back under the rock you came out of."

It may not be as prevalent in India, but let me assure you it is certainly NOT uncommon or unheard of, especially among people like the ones in the photo. Of all the photos shown here theirs is the one with the ink stain on the middle finger as opposed to index finger as in the other pictures. I'm pretty sure *they* know what they're doing.

Posted by rachch May 24, 09 10:05 AM
127.

109 - Sesta. You need to be in this country to experience our democracy which works (probably better than in yours).
106 Reign Forrest - You chaps in the West think that your physical gestures are universally true in the rest of the world. You need to learn more about the world my friend!
Our democracy makes me proud to be Indian even with warts and all!

Posted by Col. Vivek Bopiah May 24, 09 11:53 AM
128.

ohhh...great photographs.....good coverage......my beautiful land....JAI HIND

Posted by SIVARAMAN May 24, 09 01:00 PM
129.

@21 lol...

Posted by Anonymous May 24, 09 05:04 PM
130.

#29.......... I think it was done intentionally because in all other pictures the indelible ink is on the index finger but in this particular picture the middle finger was marked obviously for these folks to show their contempt for the people they hate, ..........knowing it will be viewed on the other side of the globe. It might seem funny to some but most would regard it as outrageous........

Posted by Goverdhan May 25, 09 12:26 AM
131.

One word- Incredible India! Inspite of such a huge population the turnover has been > 50% which is a big accomplishment in itself. Another fact that remains hidden - the same government emerges victorious which shows ppl's confidence.
Amazing!

Liked all of these , and #6, #11, #20, #33 are my favourites.
Thank you Alan!

Posted by GoodMorningTryingTofightMorningBlues May 25, 09 01:13 AM
132.

This is an amazing blog that I follow regularly. Nice to see a couple of entries from Andhra Pradesh, the part of India I belong to.

14# Portraits depicting Indian movie star-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, left and right,:

A small correction here. The portrait on the left is that of BalaKrishna, another popular Telugu movie star and son of late NT Rama Rao. Only the one on the right is the portrait of Chiranjeevi.

Posted by PVSS Sri Harsha May 25, 09 01:23 AM
133.

#29, I hate the Bacchans..Which finger are they showing and how did they manage to get the ink on the middle finger. Irresponsible.!!!

Posted by Karthik Ramadoss May 25, 09 01:55 AM
134.

Amazing! Thank you very much.

Posted by Mathew May 25, 09 01:59 AM
135.

"Electronic voting machines are dodgy! Even usa (sic) shys (sic) away from that...and in India you got to think of the worst bungling to happen ..." says Sesta, 110. I cannot decide whether it's merely ignorance or sem-iliterate arrogance. Those machines have worked for several years; there has never been anything remotely like an outcry against their credibility. And there would have been, you can be sure, in our free-wheeling India. They certainly work better than the system in the USA, where tattered shards raised 43 from the ashes into the White House. Incidentally, shortly after that flawed election the Indian company that manufactures those machines offered them to the US. No takers!

Posted by Stanley Pinto, Bangalore, India May 25, 09 02:02 AM
136.

wow!! incredible india indeed... my favourites are 10 n 16

Posted by shiny saha May 25, 09 02:49 AM
137.

These r truly great pics... India rocks !!! I love my country.. n this can happen only in India... I would like to ask all the Indians out of india just for earning money to look at these pics and think over it (y dont u use ur knowledge for ur own country instead of wasting it on other countries)

Posted by XYZ May 25, 09 03:00 AM
138.

"Those machines have worked for several years"
How do you know that ? You think that they worked because you've been told that they worked and you believe it, but, actually, absolutely nobody can check if these machines really worked properly. If some machines changed the choices of the voter to one candidate to another, just during the time of the election, it is just impossible to know it...
Dont't forget that DIRECT TRANSPARENCY is the most important feature of a democratic election. To know more about this concept, you can read the article "Transparency in Electronic Voting : the Great Challenge", easy to find on internet.

Posted by Matif May 25, 09 04:43 AM
139.

Absolutely stunning display of democracy at work. Arogant nitwits who think that if it does not work in the USA it will never work in India need to spend time at polling booths. Thank God we do not have to worry about 'chads' and politically compliant Supreme Court Justices to decide our elections. These pictures should be displayed all over India and in countries that claim to practice democracy to show how an underdeveloped country, with mostly semi-literate, poverty-stricken people, has taken to heart a peaceful decision-making process on who will rule them for five years.

Posted by S L Rao May 25, 09 05:01 AM
140.

A very well captured photo-feature!
Congratulations

Posted by akhil May 25, 09 06:14 AM
141.

There are 4 pictures of voting from the north east state of Assam, (1, 9, 15 & 32).
Except for pic 1, would doubt if the rest would be genuine Indian residents, if anybody knows about the large scale bangladeshi immigration problem of that area.

Posted by raj May 25, 09 07:29 AM
142.

#16 requires in the least - a salute - Kudos to the Indian voter, No USA can manage this
#29 it is best to ignore these arrogant hot-heads, why did Boston.com have to include them as a spoiler?

Posted by Shini May 25, 09 07:48 AM
143.

what was in the pic #18??

Posted by tarun May 25, 09 10:20 AM
144.

Amazing!!! Way to go India. Indian women have always been in the forefront and proactive.

Posted by Habiba Akhil May 25, 09 10:38 AM
145.

Ejoy the photos for what it is. Please refrain from getting political. We have lot's of people to do that.

Big thanks to Globe for the posting.

Posted by Ravi May 25, 09 10:54 AM
146.

Thanks Alan for getting all those gamut of images from different sources ..... really amazing colors and vibrancy. Shows still how strong Indian democracy is.....with all its flaws and corruption, but people have the strength to make a change.

Posted by ratndeep May 25, 09 02:02 PM
147.

all indian are......

Posted by saif May 25, 09 04:41 PM
148.

I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Spent 6 months traveling througout Rajastan, Bangalore, Chenai, Mumbai, and other places. Awesome pics from the last pool. Very particular look from this very particular country. Congratulations for the fantastic journalistic job..

Posted by Rafael Villela May 25, 09 06:06 PM
149.

Its good to feel good about our great country but it's surely preposterous to comment that US should try to take a lesson or two from our country. Rather we have a long way to go to match the standard of democracy thats in place at US. How many of those 59-60 % of the electorate who casted their vote knew what they were voting for is a big question mark and what touches me most is that millions of our innocent electorates for whom election day is like a festival are taken for a ride mercilessly by the corrupt politicians vanquising all their hopes for a better future. Lets hope for a government thats truely by/ for & of the people for our beloved land.

Posted by Bikash May 25, 09 06:07 PM
150.

Jai Ho!!!!!!!

Posted by Indian May 25, 09 10:20 PM
151.

Super pics!

#31 is my fav!!

Posted by Narad May 26, 09 12:56 AM
152.

I liked #30 most.

nice collage!

Posted by Chris May 26, 09 03:01 AM
153.

Lovely series of portraits!

Posted by Andy May 26, 09 03:32 AM
154.

Amazing collection of images. Indelible even....

Posted by AJ May 26, 09 05:01 AM
155.

These pics show, among other things , how incredibly diverse our India is.
The photographs are stories in themselves and of exceptional quality.
Thank you.

Posted by Saibal Chatterjee May 26, 09 05:59 AM
156.

Really nice pictures. A billion people, a billion faces, a billion emotions... thats my country.... India

Posted by Lavkesh Arora May 26, 09 06:23 AM
157.

I thought Amitab and family knows when to show middle finger. Same to Them

Posted by sudhir May 26, 09 08:51 AM
158.

wonderful!!!
Heartwarming and incredibly inspiring.
The real life drama that India is ..........

Posted by chetna May 26, 09 10:04 AM
159.

wonderful!!!
Heartwarming and incredibly inspiring.
The real life drama that India is ..........

Posted by chetna May 26, 09 10:24 AM
160.

I love all the pictures. Probably I may have to list the ones I don't like.

Amazing India! Great Democracy!!

Posted by Venkat May 26, 09 11:26 AM
161.

Please take out #37

Let the positive things prevail!

Posted by INDIAN1 May 26, 09 11:37 AM
162.

AMITABH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WOULD JUMP IN A DUNG HOLE FOR AMITABH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mr. O-Negative May 26, 09 11:41 AM
163.

@Kpanchal
In India holding up the middle finger isn't a sign of disrespect. In fact it doesn't mean anything, people use it to point to stuff while reading all the time. This is true all over Asia. You should really get your facts straight before bitching and moaning about some supposed "KNOWING OFFENSE"

Posted by ED45 May 26, 09 02:04 PM
164.

Nicely done! Congrats for the fabulous job, probably the best photo set I have seen describing the democracy of India.

Posted by vardhman May 26, 09 02:25 PM
165.

I missed the Election2009 this time as I was in U.S.A After going these photographs,for a moment, I felt that I was amidst the election 2009, India. Really the photographs are superb 1!

Posted by krishna Agarwal May 26, 09 08:35 PM
166.

the photos are amazing, we could have done without the bachans pathetic sense of humour. here is a family of idiots who think showing their middle finger to the world at democratic elections is funny.

Posted by sonny May 26, 09 10:04 PM
167.

Vibrant Democracey With Deep Commitment.

Posted by Colonel. S Bhan May 26, 09 10:19 PM
168.

Unity In Diversity ...!

Posted by Isha May 26, 09 10:43 PM
169.

Simply Brilliant!!!

Posted by Kartik Deuskar May 27, 09 12:12 AM
170.

What a great nation we live in (India or US) we are all free to be as ignorant as we want with impunity...why must anyone hate people e.g. Bachhans to feel better? Why can we not rejoice in the greatness of such an event without exposing our own inadequacies and calling people names? The use of the middle finger is not totally dictated by western standards...the Indian culture has been in existence even before the Stone Age in the west so we need to bow to no one as far as symbols and what they stand for.

Posted by crazydoc1 May 27, 09 01:38 AM
171.

Visual Journalism at it's best. Absolutely fantastic images by very able image makers in India.

Posted by Datta May 27, 09 03:25 AM
172.

wht a pics, its just amazing, award winning photograpjy, love it

Posted by Yogesh Dawda May 27, 09 05:45 AM
173.

There must be restriction for those who are foudn to be criminal, suspected criminal or cases lying against them in courts, moreover voting right given to all seems illogical particularly in case of India where illiteracy is in abundance in MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan. So those innocent people are forced to mark on the paper enticed by prespective MPs.

Posted by Anshu Neha May 27, 09 06:54 AM
174.

Absolutely fantastic, what a diverse collection. But then it's such a diverse country.Thanks for sending me this wonderful collection.

Posted by Serena Franklin May 27, 09 10:19 AM
175.

GREAT PHOTOS--THE COLOR IN THE WOMEN'S CLOTHING IS STRIKING. THANK YOU.

Posted by Joanne Wheeler May 27, 09 12:20 PM
176.

first of all thanks Alan.. I dont know you.. but i owe you my thanks..

and guys.. please let the Bachchans be.. I am one of the few who know what all they have done for this country apart from being so visibly successful. the middle finger because they had to.. assembly elections index finger.. general elections middle finger.. stop bitching...

and guys.. Indian media is not biased for any candidates. Any national newspaper is bound by law to be unprejudices and fair to all candidates. Even a PM was not spared when he was caught taking 1 crore from a stock broker.. please..

and... please dont paint these pictures with the colors of hatred in name of religion or caste or anything...

they are beautiful.. Incredible India.. Unity in Diveristy... I love India...

Posted by belgian guy May 27, 09 06:13 PM
177.

It refereshed my love for the country.Indians I am proud of you all . What happens here in India today is going to change the world tommorrow.

Posted by Rashmi Singh May 28, 09 12:43 AM
178.

Absolutely amazing shot

Posted by Samrat May 28, 09 02:13 AM
179.

So well done. captured the essence of the country...and these are the people who count. It is sad that if they can go make the effort to trudge miles to vote, us city dwellers cant get into our cars and vote. Especially after the public outcry and hype that surrounded the attacks in Mumbai.
As for sheer photography, brilliant! keep it up.

Posted by Mariette May 28, 09 03:54 AM
180.

@All
Point 1 : The voting process in India is as transparent as air. The Electonic Voting Machines are credible and much faster and better than paper. We, Indians believe in our democracy and live by it.

Point 2: The Bachchans showing their middle finger was not at all a sign of abuse, but a symbol of their pride n belief in democracy. We very well know the meaning of showing the middle finger, but if the govt chose it to mark for voting, we feel proud to flaunt it :)

Point 3: India is the largest democracy in world. A land where maximum number of religions,laguages n races co-exist. Its the biggest example of Unity in Diversity.

Proud to be an Indian. Nice collection of pics.

Posted by Vikram May 28, 09 06:16 AM
181.

Thank you Alan! amazing pictures; strummed my hearts guitar strings!

Belgian guy @ 176 talks like a human, as do so many others here.

quit comparing, lets just enjoy the pictures and celebrate India!

Posted by Col (Retd) R Katoch May 28, 09 06:48 AM
182.

Amazing storytelling pictures.

Posted by Vladimir Dostalek May 28, 09 07:44 AM
183.

Thanks for sharing these amazing photographs.

Posted by Zeenat May 28, 09 07:45 AM
184.

Brilliantly covered the democratic india.. really nice snaps..thanks many

Posted by ameet May 28, 09 09:40 AM
185.

awesome pictures.
Thats the real India .. that comes out irrespective of the heat and votes for the benefit of the country and its citizens.

Posted by SREESHA May 28, 09 10:20 AM
186.

yea....desh ki aandhi......
rahul gandhi!

Posted by deepak sinha May 28, 09 02:06 PM
187.

great images. thank you for your work.

long live democracy.

Posted by chakkar May 28, 09 02:19 PM
188.

Visited India for free !!!
Excellent efforts.
Keep it up...

Posted by Abusaeed, Yanbu May 28, 09 05:50 PM
189.

These are remarkable images! Such clear, sharp and poignant moments of a truly historical event. They are filled with emotion and depth.
Thank you for sharing them.
Long Live Mother India.

Posted by Nils Vidstrand May 28, 09 11:48 PM
190.

beautiful pics.... m thrilled to c them all.. well captured.... India is truly so vibrant & lively..
thanks for the journey thru this pictures of real life...elections or voting is just one of the aspects... the truer one is LIFE :)

Posted by smita May 29, 09 02:34 AM
191.

these pictures almost talk, and i have been rendered speechless!
incredibly vibrant :)

Posted by shalini priyadarshini May 29, 09 03:09 AM
192.

Awesome Fotography

Posted by SANJOG KUMAR May 29, 09 03:46 AM
193.

India is GREAT.

Posted by C G HIREMATH May 29, 09 07:14 AM
194.

@sesta
USA is not the world. Seeing the EVM performance and speed, it is being ordered outside India from India. Stop thinking bad about India. Jai Hind

Posted by Krish May 29, 09 07:31 AM
195.

It works ... democracy in India.

Jai ho

Posted by Mahim May 29, 09 03:12 PM
196.

I AM PROUD OF MY COUNTRY :')
JAI HIND!

Posted by anand May 29, 09 09:11 PM
197.

Wow. So vivid. Thanks.

Posted by Kevin May 30, 09 01:59 AM
198.

The photos are lively.
I love my country, India is great, proud to be an Indian. Bharath Matha Ki Jai

Posted by Baiju May 30, 09 02:59 AM
199.

Wow! I love it and really miss home as tears roll down my eyes. We really have it easy relative to those in these pictures (except for of course Big B).

Thanks for the moving images :)

Posted by Dhaarna Mehta May 30, 09 03:48 PM
200.

Hi!
This makes me proud of being an Indian.
The "peoples verdict" is usually considered closer to "media openion", "official openion", "journalist perspective", "learned man's prediction", "a think-tank summary" or an openion poll by a "leading" but usually committed exit poll agency.
This time around it has been a mind blower and eye-opener for just one reason------- the sheer scaling up of a simple but "grass root-dirt street" process of voting -- diligently & painstaikingly executed can give us the TRUE verdict of the people! May we all learn the awakening of infinite possiblities.
Put ear to the ground and we shall hear what Nature's ways are--to heed and thrive!

S

Posted by Seetharaman May 30, 09 07:01 PM
201.

Got this site link from webby.com in the section of best sites using photograph to publish news , and truly it is a great collection of Indian Election. Democracy at its best

Posted by zeck May 30, 09 07:33 PM
202.

Great pictures of great democracy presenting real india.

Posted by Dhananjay Surti May 30, 09 08:45 PM
203.

nice pictures !!!!!!!!!!
Mr.BigB whats wrong with you and ur family!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ranjith thomas May 31, 09 06:55 AM
204.

It's disheartening to see so many comments focused around one silly picture of people holding there middle fingers up.
The real tragedy is #31...I can't believe he's wearing black socks with his sandals.

Posted by Bond May 31, 09 12:51 PM
205.

An amazing and treasurable collection of pictures! Makes me think of the many similarities between the US and India in terms of democratic foundations and polity. The US and India need to be closer to each other than any two other countries in the world and would be if it were not for the politics of statecraft that dicate compulsions contrary to each nation's interests.

Posted by Gopal May 31, 09 02:45 PM
206.

Its really good to see our culture in the face

Posted by Sri June 1, 09 12:55 AM
207.

Great Collection of Pictures which depict how diverse people are in India. ...Incredible...Thanks for publishing

Posted by Prabhakaran June 2, 09 09:37 AM
208.

La India es un pais maravilloso,misterioso,pobre.,espiritual,y los rostros de sus habitantes son los más bellos que he visto
siemprebien39
argentina( fotografa amateur)

Posted by sureña June 2, 09 01:22 PM
209.

India should feel proud of its active democratic political system, where the people are truely diverse on several levels such as race and religion, yet together can see the strength of the vote for a democratic nation. Hopefully through people power, class and caste will eventually be relegated to the history books.

Beautiful emotive photographs, a testament to the documentary genre.

Posted by monika baker June 2, 09 04:57 PM
210.

really a disgusting gesture from the bachan family ! if anybody have seen the video of the same, they could see that they were showing off the middle figure purposefully !

Posted by saju June 4, 09 01:29 AM
211.

Amazing ; I am very proud of my country even with all its shortfalls Thanks alot Pranay for sending me this .

Posted by uma sharma June 4, 09 08:41 AM
212.

Amazing pictuires ..... so vibrant and definitely does justice to democratic India. While there is cause for dismay, there is equal cause for a deep sense of pride in our country which is so diverse.

Posted by Marolla Meneaud June 4, 09 08:40 PM
213.

Great people of a Great Nation with Great passion !! All depicted in such great photos! Truly Great ! Deserves the greatest appreciation and Adoration!
God Bless India - let us vow to root out corruption , casteism and hatred - Make the soul of Mahathma rejoice-

Posted by Jeyachandran June 5, 09 11:32 PM
214.

Amaziing pictures covering most of the facets of elections. Its ironical that we take elections for granted and do not appretiate the effort which goes into it.

Posted by Prithwish June 6, 09 07:14 AM
215.

Amitabh and family thinks its funny even when they know exactly what it means - its a universal gesture not just western. Shame on them

Posted by Sachu June 6, 09 04:50 PM
216.

nice pictures, i liked all of them

Posted by Anantha Narayanan June 9, 09 05:06 AM
217.

Amazing work done collecting these photographs. Keep it up. India Rocks.

Posted by Vignesh June 9, 09 05:06 AM
218.

ya great india actually i lived in india for three years doin my studies u know what it is a country full of intelligent,at the same time absolute fools......damm dirty country no hygein...how can ppl live with shit everywre i hd a tough tim surviving as fr water man if u wan to liv a long life don touch indian water even mineral bottled waters are full of piss n shits.....other dan dat a nice place bt becarefulwit ur pure full of theives................

Posted by rudy June 9, 09 10:35 AM
219.

A very good quality photographs of a massive event in India. Great Democracy. You can understand why India is such a free country in the world.

Posted by S. Ravindran June 9, 09 10:47 AM
220.

For some ignorant people .. who are asking why middle finger:

In Maharashtra state as per Election commission middle finger was used for marking. Since there are upcoming state elections in Sept. (and i think index finger will be marked that time.)

Posted by Amit. June 9, 09 03:34 PM
221.

show me the nice & interesting pictures on general election

Posted by shivam bagaria June 11, 09 03:08 AM
222.

#1 made my day :)

Posted by Musharosky June 11, 09 05:38 PM
223.

i lov all d pic seriously ... all d pic taken nicely ...

Posted by ashim June 15, 09 01:45 AM
224.

Incredible India !
Truly that's the word that best describes the country...what a management challenge this is for any government.

Posted by Madhulika Gupta June 15, 09 05:38 AM
225.

GORGEOUS photographs, taken with care and imagination!! I loved going through them. Thank you! :-)

Posted by Hema Maira June 15, 09 07:48 AM
226.

wonderful pictures thank you!

re the controversy about the bachhans and the 'finger' -- perhaps many dont know that one of the younger bollywood stars ran a campaign to get the vote out amongst youngsters in Mumbai and the slogan was 'ungli uthao' or something similar (more about making voting a trendy thing i suppose) -- and its possible the election commission in suburban Mumbai took the message to heart about which finger to paint. i know for a fact that Bandra onwards everybody had their middle finger painted with indelible ink.
In Delhi, the election commision painted the right forefinger during the assembly elections and the left forefinger for the lok sabha elections.

Posted by kiran June 16, 09 08:43 AM
227.

this is really an amazing insider view or what it was like at that time, all without leaving my desk, this continues to inspire me to keep on taking photos of the events that happen in our world no matter where we may be..... pictures really do speak 1000 words but the photographer chooses the story and they all affect us in some way or the other...thank you so much keep this running forever!!!

Posted by Clint Lashley June 17, 09 07:39 AM
228.

Great pics (proud voter from Mumbai, here!) However, I'm rather disappointed that there are photos only from certain constituencies.

And the pic of the Bachchans ... it's funny, but oh how embarrassing! They clearly know what they were doing (and yes, the middle finger gesture is pretty well known in quite a large part of the country.) Maybe they meant it as a joke, but this was not the occasion for such jokes. It's like they were trivialising the whole election process.

@ Commenter 52: "A beautiful montage to show the hope brought about by Obama's victory over the oppressive dictator that ruled India" - You've confused both the time periods and the locations, my friend.

Posted by Lemon & Chillies June 17, 09 08:42 AM
229.

the photos are first-rate to be sure. HOWEVER, as an american travel photographer currently traveling across india, and present for the entire duration of the elections, i can tell you for a fact that only accredited journalists (primarily indian) had access to the polling places and special events featured in these images; they were HEAVILY guarded by the police across india, and general foreigners with cameras were simply not allowed anywhere near the polling.

moreover, most if not all of the voters (especially the tribal and rural women, and definitely not the muslim women) featured in these images would NEVER regularly allow their photo to be taken, which makes me believe that those specific images were staged, posed or the subjects were perhaps "compelled" to pose for those photos.

these images are vibrant and nice to look at, and the photogs deserve credit for their talent, however the editors and publishers and even the viewers should just be aware that the above situations are not ordinary.

Posted by T June 18, 09 07:59 AM
230.

nice pics
truly desi

Posted by Shantam Agarwal June 20, 09 07:02 AM
231.

@218: Good to see that your studies actually helped with your grammar and spelling.

@229: What are you basing your observation that these women would never allow their picture to be taken? That they did not allow YOU to do it? I guess the point of accredition is to allow only legitimate journalists to do their job. Case in point- Look at #37- see something? Yes- a photographer. Sell your kool-aid elsewhere.
-a

Posted by aachoo June 25, 09 10:37 AM
232.

it's nice to see the mirror of india

Posted by satish kumar July 1, 09 01:04 AM
233.

thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! for showing our actual India to us.

Posted by Preeti July 10, 09 02:41 AM
234.

I was looking for interesting photos of elections and these seems to be the ones I wanted . "Unity in diversity " - the dream of Nehru - is much hoped for , when I look at them . Sayed Mohammed Yacoob , Jubail Industrial College , Jubail Industrial City , Jubail , Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia .

Posted by Sayed Mohammed Yacoob July 11, 09 03:47 AM
235.

great!great! great!

Posted by neha sharad August 25, 09 12:10 PM
236.

wow it simply awesome
great collection
hats up to you
"PROUDE TO BE INDIAN''

Posted by THIYAGARAJAN August 31, 09 03:09 PM
237.

To Shini on your comment on pic #29, You said "ignore these arrogant hot-heads". I may be wrong, but it looks to me as if they are just kidding around. Maybe there is something I am missing, because I wasn't there. But I don't see how that makes them arrogant or hot headed in any way.

Posted by Sam Hillis September 3, 09 12:49 PM
238.

These pictures are of amazing quality. The colors are very vibrant and crisp. It is good to see so many Indians enthusiastic about voting.

Posted by Sam Hillis September 3, 09 12:52 PM
239.

This is an awesome collection of pictures that captures an India that I have never pictured in my mind. I am an American, sad to say, but it is awesome to see everyone so enthusiastic to be voting. The colors are so crisp and vibrant that they really evoke emotion in the way they are presented. Very professional, like I even need to say that. I hope this was a good experience for your country and that you may prosper.

To Shini on your comment on pic #29, You said "ignore these arrogant hot-heads". I may be wrong, but it looks to me as if they are just kidding around. Maybe there is something I am missing, because I wasn't there. But I don't see how that makes them arrogant or hot headed in any way.

Posted by Sam Hillis September 3, 09 01:03 PM
240.

Beautiful portfolio displayed...

Posted by Seamless Melody October 8, 09 11:11 PM
241.

amazing photos-original kinda creepy!!!

Posted by joseph smith October 15, 09 08:23 AM
242.

Amitabh family is great. It's not shame..it's sense of humor. And best part is that they are having fun. They are okay with their daughter-in-law doing that. Seriously, how many in our families tolerate that? I wish all families were that close.. especially in our culture.

Posted by happy guy October 26, 09 02:14 PM
243.

Awesome photos! each snap is a story itself!

Posted by Nishant November 3, 09 07:45 AM
244.

no words to explain........Jai Hind

Posted by mubeena tanveer December 5, 09 10:25 AM
245.

all are nice,excellent collection, great work

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250.

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