The Greatest Show on Earth was not the election of Barack Obama in 2008 but the 2014 General Elections of India. When the world’s largest democracy goes to polls (this year it was 67 percent turnout), it is a spectacle of myriad emotions, and brings to fore the complete picture of geographically ‘diverse’ and ethnically ‘divided’ India. These pictures show the magnitude of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections in India, which brought to power the BJP and its leader, Narendra Modi.

1. Behind the veil:

Varanasi Vote

2. A Muslim voter exercising her right:

Varanasi Votes

3. Modi flies high above the skies of Varanasi:

Varanasi Vote

4. Men stand before a campaign poster of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Sonia Gandhi:

Candidates Campaign In Final Round Of Indian Elections

5. Supporters of Aam Aadmi Party:

AAP Leader And Anti-Corruption Activist Arvind Kejriwal Campaigns In Varanasi

6. A campaign poster of Narendra Modi:

BJP Leader Narendra Modi Rallies in Rohaniya

7. A sea of supporters of BJP leader Narendra Modi in Varanasi:

BJP leader Narendra Modi Greeted By Supporters

8. Anxious faces?

BJP leader Narendra Modi Greeted By Supporters

9. Modi during the campaign phase:

BJP Leader Narendra Modi Greeted By Supporters

10. Gathering storm:

BJP Leader Narendra Modi Rallies in Rohaniya

11. Buddhist monks wait outside a polling station near the Hemis Monastery, in Hemis, Ladakh:

Ladakh Locals Cast Their Vote For India's General Election

12. Ladakhis inside a polling booth:

Ladakh Locals Cast Their Vote For India's General Election

13. Security and voters in Ladakh:

Ladakh Locals Cast Their Vote For India's General Election

14. Security personnel:

Locals Preparing for Voting in Ladakh

15. More personnel:

Locals Preparing for Voting in Ladakh

16. To see Modi speak near Lucknow:

BESTPIX BJP's Narendra Modi Campaigns In Punjab

17. In Punjab:

BJP's Narendra Modi Campaigns In Punjab

18. Supporters of Modi in Punjab:

BJP's Narendra Modi Campaigns In Punjab

19. Transgender Candidate Hijra Guru Baseer Kinnar aka Kamala Kinnar campaigning in Varanasi:

Transgender Candidate Baseer Kinnar Runs Against Narendra Modi In Varanasi

20. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is all smiles:

**BESTPIX * AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal Files His Nomination In Varanasi

21. Rahul Gandhi’s supporters in Mumbai:

Ruling Congress Party Hold Election Rally In Mumbai

22. A supporter of Rahul Gandhi:

Ruling Congress Party Hold Election Rally In Mumbai

23. Women wait to cast their votes in Jodhpur, Rajasthan:

Indians Cast Votes On Biggest Polling Day

24. At a polling station in Rajasthan:

BESTPIX Indians Cast Votes On Biggest Polling Day

25. Voting in Rajasthan:

Indians Cast Votes On Biggest Polling Day

26. A polling centre in Jodhpur:

Indians Cast Votes On Biggest Polling Day

27. Congress supporters in New Delhi:

India Elections Rally

Image courtesy: Kevin Frayer—Getty Images and Time.


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