One of the most common scenes on Indian trains are men with their belongings on their backs, heading out to the big cities in search of a better life. Many of them come from the state of Bihar, where moving miles away from home for work is the only way for their families to simply subsist at home. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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It is best known to outsiders as Calcutta where the famed nun Mother Teresa set up her Missionaries of Charity to serve the dying in the city in 1950. Since then, the city has been renamed Kolkata and is witnessing a transformation in its political landscape. The state of West Bengal where it is located has been a traditional stronghold of India's Communist Party. That now may change, as the party and the state find themselves at the crossroads of tradition and progress. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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A certain dedication to the family that propels millions of rural Indians to leave the comfort of home for the city. They send back money and sometimes along with it, the seeds of a revolution. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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The freedom to choose their government was a hard-won victory from the British for the people of India more than 60 years ago. Today, they still go to surprising lengths to honour that right, as Karishma Vaswani learns when she goes voting with a Mumbaikar. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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Karishma Vaswani shows theasiamag.com the highlights of this astounding metropolis of 18 million and makes sense of the economic spectrum of people who call this city home. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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If there is an Indian Dream, Mumbai is the place where locals believe it will come true. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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Karishma Vaswani looks back on the first leg of the journey on an Indian train, and the people she met. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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In Ahmedabad alone, 60,000 diamond workers have been laid off. State-wide in Gujarat, estimates put the figure between 250,000 to 400,000. What happens when the global economic crisis takes the shine off India's diamond capital? As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
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Once enticed by the west, Indians who went to school and worked in the United States and Europe, are now lured back home by the surging Indian economy and its buoyant technology industry.
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