My task was to research the basics of this currency swap into a readable format for our client, including regulations determined by the Reserve Bank of India, Russia’s central bank, and market conditions at the time.
Tags: Narendra Modi, Nirupam Bajpai

Last week, voters delivered an unequivocal mandate in India’s sixteenth general election. It was the first time any single political party had won a clear majority in 30 years—the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, swept up 282 seats, with an additional 52 for its allies, from a total of 543.

A long awaited decision of India’s political future was finally taken by the citizens of the country.
The commute is getting a little more manageable, but still quite adventurous in terms of timing my jumps to make the accelerating train cars.
Tags: Nirupam Bajpai
The National Elections of India, 2014 came to an end on May 12, beginning from April 7, a span of 36 days. This mammoth exercise was completed in nine phases, reaching out to 850 million voters across the country. The extensive coverage made it possible for 550 votes to be casted across the month long voting season.
Journal entry number two for David Kang's adventures last summer in India.
Two Months. Two Suitcases. One Unforgettable Summer. Special thanks to everyone who helped me on my excursion: the staff at the Center for Career Education, the Passport to India Program by the US State Department, Citigroup, the Aditya Birla Group, AZB and Partners, and my fellow interns!
Over the past nine weeks, in the world’s largest democratic exercise,1.8 million electronic voting machines were treacherously transported across forest terrain, deserts and waterways so that each of India’s 814.5 million eligible voters could exercise a fundamental right to elect parliament.
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As India enters its last phase of polling, here’s a look at the machine that empowers the world’s largest democratic exercise. Over 1.8 million electronic voting machines (EVMs), each an instrument the size of a keyboard, are treacherously transported across forest terrain, deserts and waterways so that each of India’s 814.5 million eligible voters can exercise their right to elect 543 members to parliament.

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The north-central states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar went to polls on April 30, the sixth phase of the Indian election. These states are extremely important politically since together, they claim 120 seats in the Lok Sabha, the Lower house of the Indian Parliament. Uttar Pradesh has claim to 80 seats while Bihar has claim to 40. In totality, this constitutes nearly one-fourth of the total number of parliamentary seats at the Lower House of the Indian Parliament.

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A newly formed national political party of India, Aam Admi Party (Common Man’s Party) created a separate wing for the “common women” called the Aam Aurat. The Aam Aurat wing is attempting to entrench their roots in different states of the country and work towards a corruption free government.
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a political party that crusades against corruption, is India’s youngest national party. As 814.5 million eligible Indian voters head to polling booths, it remains to be seen whether it can put up a fight against the ruling Indian National Congress (INC) and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

The Context: Corruption and Public Outrage

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In the third phase of polling on 10th April 2014, the National Capital Territory region of New Delhi, the states of Haryana, Odisha and Kerala voted today. There are 47 constituencies across these states, comprising 47 seats among the total 543 in the Lok Sabha or Lower House of Parliament.
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The world’s largest democratic exercise began this week, with the north-east states of Assam and Tripura. As the polling continues in nine phases, here’s a look at the history of women’s political participation for each of the states. The last blog dated 07 April 2014, made a quick run-through for women’s engagement in the electoral process for last two general elections in Assam and Tripura, this blog focuses on the other states of North-east India.

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Only 11% of elected representatives to India’s Lower House are women. The Inter-Parliamentary Union, an independent international agency, ranks India 108th among 188 member countries for political participation of women.
Over the next five weeks, as  814.5 million Indians cast their votes to elect the 16th Lok Sabha, Columbia Global Centers | South Asia will provide a glimpse of women’s participation in the electoral process. 

“Any fool can know, the point is to understand”

-- Albert Einstein

“Any fool can know, the point is to understand”

-- Albert Einstein