• 900 million head to the polls

    India's general election will begin on April 11, with voters poised to decide whether to renew their faith in nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    Politicians are already in campaign mode for what is the world's largest exercise in democracy, with about 900 million people eligible to cast a ballot.
    Indians will be voting for the 545-seat lower house of parliament -- called the Lok Sabha -- with polling unfolding over seven phases around the country until May 19, with votes counted on May 23.
VARANASI, INDIA - APRIL 24:  BJP leader Narendra Modi waves to supporters as he rides in an open truck on his way to filing his nomination papers on April 24, 2014 in Varanasi, India. India is in the midst of a nine phase election that began on April 7 and ends May 12.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)