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07.07.2019 Asia

India offers the world’s largest democratic exercise

By Susan Owensby - RFI
India offers the world’s largest democratic exercise
JUL 7, 2019 ASIA

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about the Indian general elections. There's “On This Day”, listener news, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!

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This week's quiz: On 25 May, I asked you about the Indian general election, the world's largest democratic exercise. You were to send in the election results.

The results were: 303 seats went to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party, the party of current and continuing prime minister Narendra Modi.

The Indian National Congress won 52 seats, and the Dravidian Progressive Conference won 23.

The winners this week are: Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president of the RFI Seven Stars Listeners Club in District Chiniot, Pakistan; Hasina Zaman Hasi, a member of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and RFI Listeners Club members Ralf Urbanczyk from Eisleben, Germany; Selvaraj from Tamilnadu, India, and from Odisha, India, Babby Noor al Haya Hussen.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Danse Russe” from Igor Stravinsky's ballet Petrouchka, performed by violinist Lydia Mordkovitch and pianist Julian Milford; “Tour's End” by Stan Getz, performed by Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “I'm Just a Lucky So and So” by Duke Ellington and Mack David, sung by Della Reese.

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This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 2 September to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 7 September podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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