While casting a vote is a great moment in the democratic process, the quality of democracy depends on the choice that is being offered. The vote is as important as the person it is being cast for. Who are we casting our vote for? My home state of Karnataka goes to polls on the 17th of April. For this post, I look at economic and social statistics on leading parties and candidates in the state of Karnataka. I find that most candidates are overwhelmingly rich, incredibly violent and predominantly male. For more data on individual candidates, please refer to this excellent resource from the Association for Democratic Reforms.
Maps 1 and Chart 1 look at the criminal background of candidates, Chart 2 and 3 look at gender profile, Chart 4 looks at average income and Chart 5 looks at asset acquisition amongst re-contesting MPs.