India held the second round of its parliamentary elections on Thursday, with voting taking place in 13 states. These included the territory of Kashmir, authority over which has been a difficult political issue for decades. National security in Kashmir has also been used as a main campaign topic for the sitting prime minister Narendra Modi, who hopes to get re-elected for a second term.
Editor's Note: Kashmir in China is called 克什米尔 in Hong Kong and Taiwan is called 喀什米爾 However, 克 is not the simplified character of 喀
投票 to vote
争议 to dispute
分裂主义派 separatist party
投票 to vote
争議 to dispute
分裂主義派 separatist party
India held the second round of its parliamentary elections for the lower house on Thursday.
This election is the largest democratic exercise in history, with 900 million people taking part over 6 weeks.
Votes were cast in 13 of India’s 29 states. These included Kashmir, a disputed territory on India’s northern border.
Authority over Kashmir has been a heated political issue between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947.
Kashmiri separatists, and those who support Pakistani rights of sovereignty, called for a boycott of the vote to protest against India’s claim on the state.
The Washington Post reported that the anti-India revolt caused a mere 8% of voters to appear at the polling stations.
There has been rising unemployment, social division, and farmer discontent under the sitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party.
Political opponents have criticized Modi for using the Kashmiri issue to steer attention away from their economic record.
However, Modi hopes to get re-elected, using Kashmir as a leading policy issue. He aims to be perceived as vigilant on national security to gain the vote of Hindu nationalists.