Amidst politicians grandstanding at rallies and endless television debates, the truth about India’s elections is often forgotten.
Convincing over 800 million people to vote one way or the other involves millions of supporters, thousands of miles on the road and hundreds of hours spent campaigning from door-to-door, neighborhood-to-neighborhood.
Over the next few weeks, photojournalist Nitya Rao will travel across the country, providing an usually unseen, intimate look into the world’s largest exercise in democracy.
Shot on March 15-16, 2014 during Arvind Kejriwal’s roadshow in Bengaluru, Yelahanka and Chikballapur, Karnataka.
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Nitya Rao is an independent Indian photojournalist based in Boston. She is interested in documenting political and human interest stories, and is currently traveling across India to capture the mood of the country as it conducts its 16th Lok Sabha election. Her aim is to create a traveling exhibit, which will illustrate the changing face of politics in India. Nitya has worked as a reporter for Outlook, The Indian Express and Thomson Reuters, and holds a Masters degree in Photojournalism from Boston University. To find out where she’s heading next follow her @niftyindex