India Jones and the Election of Doom - A Festival of Democracy

  • Aired:  05/19/14
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Jason Jones travels to the largest democracy in the world to cover India's elections, which had a higher voter turnout than America has seen in over a century. (4:35)

>> WELCOME BACK.LAST WEEK OUR OWN JASON JONES

TRAVELED TO INDIATO REPORT ON THEIR JUST ADORABLE

LARGEST DEMOCRACY ON EARTH.TONIGHT IN PART 2

OF HIS SERIES JASON LEARNSHOW INDIA HANDLES THE

ELECTIONS THEMSELVES.

AS I TRAVEL THROUGH INDIA IWAS STRUCK BY THIS FESTIVAL

OF DEMOCRACY BUT IF THIS ISTHEIR IDEA OF A MORNING

COMMUTE THERE WAS NO WAYTHEY COULD POSSIBLY ENGINEER

ELECTIONS THAT RIVAL OURS.

I SAT WITH THE FORMER HEADOF INDIA'S POWERFUL ELECTION

COMMISSION TO SEE HOW THISADORABLE DEMOCRACY HANDLES

MODERN POLITICS.

>> WE IN INDIA HAVE SURELYTHE BIGGEST DEMOCRACY ON THE

PLANET.

AND WE WOULD LIKE IT TO BETHE GREATEST.

>> I DON'T WANT TO BAG BUT ACOUPLE OF OUR STATES HAVE

BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITHELECTRONIC VOTING.

WE'RE KIND OF PIONEERS WHENIT COMES TO THAT.

>> DO YOU WE HAVE 100%ELECTRONIC VOTING.

>> 100 PERCENT.

>> 100 PERCENT.

>> OKAY, FINE, BUT INAMERICA WE HAVE A VARIETY OF

WAYS TO KEEP VOTER TURNOUTLOW SO THAT OUR DEMOCRACY

DOESN'T BECOME TOOREPRESENTATIVE.

HOW DOES INDIA TAMP DOWNTHEIR LESS DESIRED VOTERS.

>> WHO ARE YOURDISENFRANCHISED VOTERS?

>> OH UH, OH, ACTUALLY, NOBODY.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO-- WHAT ABOUT THE LEPERS

IS WHAT I AM SAYING?

>> OH, THEY, THEY VOTE.

>> WHAT?

>> THEY VOTE.

>> I WAS JUST MAKING A JOKE.

YOU ACTUALLY HAVE LEPERSHERE.

>> OF COURSE, EVERY VOTECOUNTS AND EVERY VOTE IS

EQUAL.

>> YEAH, RIGHT, I OBTAINED THISACTUAL TRAINING VIDEO FROM THE

ELECTION COMMISSION THATSHOWS THEY DON'T REALLY DO

THAT MUCH TO ACCOMMODATE THELEPER VOTE BECAUSE IN INDIA

THEY MARK YOUR FINGER AFTERYOU VOTE BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF

YOU DON'T HAVE A LEFT INDEXFINGER.

OH, YOU GO TO THE NEXT ONE?

OK, WELL WHAT IF YOU HAVE NOFINGERS?

OH, YOU MARK THE HAND.

NO ARM?

HOLY [BLEEP] THEYMAKE IT EASY FOR YOU.

BUT IF THEY LET LEPERS VOTEWHAT GROUP DO THEY PREVENT

FROM VOTING?

>> EVERYONE, RICH, POOR, URBAN,RURAL, LITERATE, ILLITERATE,

EVERYONE, HOMELESS, THEY'RE ALLVOTERS.

>> YOU LET YOUR ILLITERATE VOTE?

>> OF COURSE. SOME OF THEILLITERATES ARE THE MOST

ENTHUSIASTIC VOTERS. SO, THAT'SWHY FOR THEM WE HAVE SYMBOLS.

>> YOU JUST PICK EITHER THEKITE OR THE COFFEE CUP.

>> WHAT IS THIS ONEHERE? THIS LOOKS LIKE TWO

PENISES.

>> YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

IT IS NOT VERY CLEAR.

>> NO, NO. IT'S VERY CLEAR ITLOOKS LIKE TWO [BLEEP]

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO MAKEIT VERY SIMPLE BECAUSE IT HAS

TO CARRY THE LAST PERSON WITHYOU.

>> AND HE LITERALLY MEANS THELAST PERSON.

>> WE HAVE A POLLING STATION FORA SINGLE VOTER IN THE FOREST OF

GUJARAT.

>> THAT SOUNDS LIKE ANINCREDIBLE WASTE OF RESOURCES.

>> THAT IS A VERY OFFENSIVESTATEMENT.

>> BUT IT WAS TRUE,EVERYWHERE I WENT BY BOAT,

OX CART, FARM EQUIPMENT ORTHE PATEL FAMILY STATION

WAGON THERE WAS A POLLINGSTATION.

LITERALLY ONE STATION EVERYTWO KILOMETERS ACROSS THE

ENTIRE COUNTRY.

AND THEY WERE SURPRISINGLYCOMFORTABLE.

>> I LOVE THE SPREAD YOU PUT OUTFOR THE MEDIA,

THAT'S REALLY, REALLY NICE.THESE CHIPS ARE GREAT.

>> MAYBE NOT FOR MEDIA,IT IS FOR OUR VOTERS.

>> THIS STUFF'S FOR THE VOTERS?

>> YES.

>> AND AMAZINGLY THE VOTERSACTUALLY LIKED IT.

>> PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINKTHEIR VOTE COUNTS HERE?

>> WE BELIEVE OUR VOTES TRULYCOUNT.

AND WE WILL USE THEM TOBRING CHANGES TO THE RULING

CONGRESS PARTY.

>> SURELY THE RULINGCONGRESS PARTY MUST BE

WORRIED ABOUT ALL THISDEMOCRACY.

I SAT DOWN WITH ONE OF THEIRTOP MEMBERS.

>> WE PREFER A SYSTEMIN INDIA WHERE IT'S

ALL INDEPENDENT AUTHORITIES THATDECIDE THAT.

>> THERE ARE THINGS YOUCOULD DO TO PREVENT YOURSELF

FROM LOSING.>> AH, YOU MEAN BY ENSURING

THAT PEOPLE CAN'TREGISTER TO VOTE?

>> EXACTLY.

>> WE DON'T DO THAT IN INDIA.

>> EVEN IF IT MEANS YOU'RE GOINGTO LOSE.

>> WELL, I THINK IT WILL BEREVEALED BY THE VOTERS ON

THE 16th OF MAY.

>> AND REVEALED IT WAS.

THEY GOT THEIR ASSES KICKEDWHEN 67% OF INDIAN VOTERS

SHOWED UP AT THE POLLS.

A NUMBER WE HAVEN'T SEENSINCE THE ELECTION OF 1900.

>> HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO LOOKSLIKE YOU AND SOUNDS LIKE

YOU BE SUCH A [BLEEP]POLITICIAN.

>> I GUESS.

>> FINE, MAYBE THEIRDEMOCRACY WAS MORE VIBRANT

THAN OURS.

BUT COMING UP NEXT TIMEWE'LL SEE THERE IS NO WAY

THEIR 24 HOUR NEWS CAN LIVEUP TO --

>> ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

>> JASON JONES, WE'LL BERIGHT BACK.

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