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Bay Area Diaspora Closely Watching India’s Upcoming Election

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Supporters cheer during a public rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election on April 16, 2024 in Gaya, India. (Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India’s general election will begin on Friday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a third straight term in power. The election is set to be the biggest in history, with nearly a billion Indians eligible to cast ballots. Modi remains popular in India but has been criticized for his human rights record and attacks on the media and judiciary. We’ll preview the election, which runs through June, and hear from members of the Bay Area’s Indian communities.


Anita Manwani, president, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley

Nikhil Inamdar, Indian business correspondent, BBC

Milan Vaishnav, senior fellow and director, South Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; host, Grand Tamasha podcast

Raju Rajagopal, co-founder, Hindus for Human Rights - He is based in Berkeley


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