A woman watches over the campaigning of the first ever panchayat elections in the decade old Jharkhand state
The overwhelming participation in the Jharkhand panchayat elections is obvious with this village community center in Jamtara, showcasing three contestants (201,789 nominations for 52,786 posts)
Over seventy percent of the candidates are below forty years of age
The state election commission had allocated eighty five symbols to the contesting candidates
Auto rickshaws and other vehicles used during the elections campaigns were seen all over.
The vehicles used were often belting out the candidates agenda's to bollywood songs
Even villages without roads were not devoid of the colourful campaigning vehicles
Through the months of November and December the election canvasing was a backdrop to the mundane affairs
'Long live the chair'
Each candidate had two or more agents at the polling booths in Nau Hathiya village
Sunita Kumari Yadav, casting her vote in Jaddudih village
While the women may have got sixty percent of the seats in these elections. At the polling booths, men dominated
The official presence made little impact
The panchayat elections have given hope of change. A change that will give impetus to democracy