Indian supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans as they wear the mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his political campaigns ahead of India's general election, in Gohpur, some 299 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam on March 30, 2019. - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a campaign blitz on March 28 with three huge rallies where he declared voters would reward his decision to test new weapons and bomb Pakistan with a thumping election victory. (Photo by Biju BORO / AFP)BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images
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In your report “Modi attacked over plan to overhaul elections” (August 22), about Narendra Modi’s idea to hold simultaneous national and state elections in India, you quote Professor Kanchan Chandra of New York University warning that a single date for both polls would damage democracy. Simultaneous elections, she fears, would allow prime minister Modi to manipulate voters by reducing the chances of people splitting their vote for different levels of government.

Americans will simultaneously vote for president, the entire lower house of Congress, 34 per cent of the Senate, 13 governorships, 44 state legislatures and thousands of municipal offices on November 3 2020. Should we be similarly distressed about the alleged evils of simultaneous elections in America and their alleged threat to democracy?

Joydeep Mukherji
New York, NY, US

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