Indians Living Abroad

Millions of Indians Living Abroad Have a Say in the Election, Even if They Can’t Vote

This article first appeared in the New York Times on May 30, 2024

The dishes at a community center potluck for Indian expatriates near Washington, D.C., ranged from chana masala, a popular northern Indian chickpea curry, to idli, a southern Indian rice cake. The guests’ views on India’s general election were equally varied. Some praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic achievements. Supporters of candidates challenging Mr. Modi’s party criticized what they saw as his disregard for minorities and democratic norms.

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