Monday marked the beginning of the world’s largest democratic exercise: Between April 7 and May 12, more than 1.2 billion citizens in India will vote to select their new government.
Take a look at these incredible photographs from India’s first-ever general election, held 62 years ago in 1952. The scale of the operation was immense, with the New York Times declaring it an “unprecedented experiment in democracy.”
Epitomizing the inherent hope of a nation engaged in a democratic process, the pictures range from long queues of voters waiting outside polling stations to political campaigns captured in action.
All Photos Courtesy of The New York Times & Government of India-Photo Division.