This post originally appeared on the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
As the elections draw to a close, one group in the United States is particularly invested in the outcome of the polling: the Indian diaspora.
Members of this community have family in India, and feel tied to the country through heritage, culture, and religion. Indian Americans are participating in the Indian electoral process like never before, sending money, calling relatives and friends, and even traveling to India to campaign for their favorite candidates and parties on the ground.
Why are Indian Americans so invested in an election halfway around the world, and what does this involvement mean for the connection between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy?
In this podcast, the diaspora speaks for itself, exploring these questions and more.
Quinn Libson is an audio journalist based in Washington D.C. Currently, she works for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In her spare time, she loves talking to strangers. Find her @quinnlibson