• Elections 2019: Village Votes

    PARI Contributors

    April 30, 2019

    What determines rural India’s votes? The issues that matter most to voters in the country’s villages include farm distress, loan waivers, healthcare, roads, schools, jobs, better wages and dignified lives. That’s what PARI found in villages across Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand. In some places, factional affiliations rule; in others, there is anger against industry or projects depriving people of their land and water, or for ignoring long-standing demands. Read the full coverage here:

    Young women, old hopes in Bhuj ballots

    Kachchh, Gujarat|Namita Waikar/People's Archive of Rural India

    In Bhuj city and nearby villages of Kachchh district in Gujarat, young women and others speak of their hopes and doubts about elections, and why some of them won’t vote today, April 23, in the Lok Sabha polls

    April 23, 2019 | Namita Waikar

    Adivasis vote against liquor vends in Nilgiris

    The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu|Vishaka George/People's Archive of Rural India

    In Gudalur block, women say alcohol abuse and state-run liquor shops are destroying their homes. No candidate seems concerned, but the women hope this will change after the polls there today

    April 18, 2019 | Vishaka George

    Sterlite rules over Rafale in Thoothukudi polls

    Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu|Kavitha Muralidharan/People's Archive of Rural India

    In Tamil Nadu's Kumareddiahpuram village – the polling here is on April 18 – memories of the May 22, 2018, police firing that killed 14 anti-Sterlite Copper plant protesters dominate voters’ minds.

    April 17, 2019 | Kavitha Muralidharan

    Hoping for Swachh work after Tumkur polls

    Tumkur, Karnataka|Vishaka George/People's Archive of Rural India

    Tumkur district has the highest number of manual scavengers in Karnataka. Many of them say they don't have much faith in their political leaders but will vote on April 18 hoping for a better deal.

    April 15, 2019 | Vishaka George

    Fear and factions in Anantapur polls

    Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh|Rahul M./People's Archive of Rural India

    Across much of Andhra Pradesh’s Rayalaseema region, factional affiliations rather than issues drive the elections. People of the state vote today in both Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.

    April 11, 2019 | Rahul M.

    Himalayan poll issue: my way not the highway

    Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand|Arpita Chakrabarty/People's Archive of Rural India

    People in high-altitude villages of Uttarakhand, who walk miles across mule routes on steep mountains, ask which political party will complete the long-pending road here if they vote it into power on April 11.

    April 9, 2019 | Arpita Chakrabarty

    Yavatmal farm widow in ballot battle

    Yavatmal, Maharashtra|Jaideep Hardikar/People's Archive of Rural India

    Vaishali Yede, a farm labourer and anganwadi worker, whose husband committed suicide in 2011, is contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from eastern Maharashtra against political heavyweights

    April 5, 2019 | Jaideep Hardikar

    Tembhare village talks about voting

    Thane, Maharashtra|Jyoti Shinoli/People's Archive of Rural India

    Away from the din of TV debates and party scorecards, people in Maharashtra’s rural Thane district wonder which candidate will address their concerns – healthcare, roads, schools, loan waivers, jobs – and more.

    April 3, 2019 | Jyoti Shinoli

    Speaking tree suggests Chandrapur poll result

    Chandrapur, Maharashtra|Jaideep Hardikar/People's Archive of Rural India

    After a coal mine decimated land and livelihoods in Baranj Mokasa and other villages in eastern Maharashtra, the BJP MP, people say, did not ensure fair compensation, so they will vote him out on April 11

    April 1, 2019 | Jaideep Hardikar


    This article was originally published in People's Archive of Rural India on Aprill 26, 2019.

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