Elections in India

'Hitler' and 'Bombersingh' among rivals in Indian state poll

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi waves to supporters during an election rally in Tura, Meghalaya. Photo: EPA

Politicians named after Adolf Hitler and Frankenstein are among 345 candidates competing in elections this week in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, which has a history of bizarre naming conventions.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 2:35am

Audacity of hope

India: A Portrait - An Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People by Patrick French Allen Lane, HK$375

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The hare and the tortoise?

India, it is almost certain, will have its first foreign-born prime minister. Sonia Gandhi, born 57 years ago in the village of Orbassano, near Milan, is set to become leader of the world's largest democracy, even though her Hindi is still Italian-accented and her religion is Catholic. And all the people who voted for her knew that.

18 May 2004 - 12:00am

Fair treatment in Gujarat

Regarding the letter 'Gujarat riot justice' (Sunday Morning Post, March 14), it is a travesty of truth to say that the retaliation was backed by the government.

21 Mar 2004 - 12:00am


The humble Indian voter, the proverbial 'common man', has done it again.

31 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Unsettled India

After a campaign marred by ethnic violence, electoral fraud and voter fatigue, counting finally starts today in the fifth Indian election in two years. Whatever the result, it is unlikely to alleviate the country's problems or provide the firm government India so desperately needs to lead it out of its present political morass.

2 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Every dog doo has its day

Hong Kong lawyers have made putting one's foot in it an art form.

One such example was witnessed at Eastern Court last week. Three men accused of possessing explosives sparked a security search of the court building following threatening phone calls from their accomplices. Sniffer dogs were brought in to check out all the courtrooms.

22 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Coalition tipped as campaigning ends

As campaigning in 150 constituencies across India ended at midnight last night, two days before the first round of voting in general elections, opinion polls predicted the near certainty of a hung parliament.

No single party is expected to win a majority 272 seats in the 545-member Parliament and assume office.

26 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Stern election overseer forces parties into line

THE world's largest electoral exercise gets under way in India next month, when 552 MPs will be elected by 590 million registered voters.

Voting will be spread over four days - April 27, May 2, 7 and 21 - amid tight security and almost all the results known by May 10.

A new government is expected to be in office by mid-May.

24 Mar 1996 - 12:00am