India will begin voting on April 11, kicking off elections to fill parliamentary seats and choose the next prime minister in the world’s largest democracy. Around 900 million people are eligible to vote this time around. So far, more than 2,300 parties have registered with the Election Commission.
Voters will be considering, among other things, the faltering economy and debates over women’s, Muslim and Dalit rights, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s job performance wielding a Hindu-nationalist agenda in a staggeringly diverse country.
Results will be announced in the winner-takes-all system on May 23. What will they mean for Indians, their neighbors and the rest of the world? Over the coming months, The Times will be untangling the most fascinating issues, outcomes and stories in this sprawling event. Sign up for free to receive our full coverage by email.