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
KARISHMA VASWANI
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
KARISHMA VASWANI
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
KARISHMA VASWANI
In 2002, the Indian state of Gujarat was the scene of the communal mob violence that saw tit-for-tat attacks between Hindus and Muslims. NGOs put the death toll at up to 2,000. As Gujaratis go to the polls on April 30, how far will religion figure in this divided state? theasiamag.com catches up with Soutik Biswas, the BBC's India editor, who is in the state, for a sense of the sentiment on the ground in Gujarat. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma  
SOUTIK BISWAS
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
KARISHMA VASWANI
theasiamag.com joins BBC and the rest of the world as it sets its eyes on the Indian Elections.
DAN-CHYI CHUA