India: The Tea-Fed Tiger

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From the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, from tropical Madras to the freezing Himalayas, election fever was rising last week in India. Government printing presses rolled around the clock turning out ballots for 210 million eligible voters (all citizens over 21). About 125 million of them—more than the populations of England, France, Canada and Australia—are expected to go to the polls this month in the biggest free election in the world. Voting in most states will last a week beginning Feb. 18; returns from six snowbound constituencies in the...

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