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Indians show their mark of democracy

Politics | | April 16, 2009, 1:36 pm
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A Hindu holy man displays the indelible mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

A Hindu holy man displays the indelible mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

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A polling official marks the index finger of a woman voter with indelible ink before casting her vote, inside a polling booth at Charedu Chaukata village,in Mirzapur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

A polling official marks the index finger of a woman voter with indelible ink before casting her vote, inside a polling booth at Charedu Chaukata village,in Mirzapur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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A Muslim woman displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote in Utaar Pradesh's Rajapur village.

A Muslim woman displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote in Utaar Pradesh's Rajapur village.

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Women display their voter's identity cards and stand in queue to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Women display their voter's identity cards and stand in queue to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Women stand in a queue to cast their votes outside a polling booth at Uttar Pradesh's Mehdora village.

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes outside a polling booth at Uttar Pradesh's Mehdora village.

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People wait in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

People wait in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

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A policeman gestures threateningly towards voters breaking a queue, at a polling station on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

A policeman gestures threateningly towards voters breaking a queue, at a polling station on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Election officials check the identity of voters inside a polling booth at Mehdora village in Uttar Pradesh.

Election officials check the identity of voters inside a polling booth at Mehdora village in Uttar Pradesh.

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A paralyzed and blind woman Brij Rani Singh, 80, is carried by her son after she cast her vote at a polling booth at Mehdora village in Uttar Pradesh.

A paralyzed and blind woman Brij Rani Singh, 80, is carried by her son after she cast her vote at a polling booth at Mehdora village in Uttar Pradesh.

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Muslim women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

Muslim women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the first phase of general elections in Varanasi.

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An old man smokes after casting his vote in Varanasi.

An old man smokes after casting his vote in Varanasi.

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Narsingh Chauhan, who lost part of his legs in a train accident, walks at a polling centre to cast his vote in Waifad village.

Narsingh Chauhan, who lost part of his legs in a train accident, walks at a polling centre to cast his vote in Waifad village.

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A nun comes out from a polling booth after casting her vote in the southern Indian city of Kochi.

A nun comes out from a polling booth after casting her vote in the southern Indian city of Kochi.

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A woman is helped by a polling officer to vote at a polling booth in Madangundi village in Ranchi.

A woman is helped by a polling officer to vote at a polling booth in Madangundi village in Ranchi.

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Farmers check their names in a voter list outside a polling centre in Dorli village southwest of Nagpur city.

Farmers check their names in a voter list outside a polling centre in Dorli village southwest of Nagpur city.