#BBCtrending: Social media in India's elections

  • 11 April 2014
Man registers his vote in India

On Friday BBC Trending was live from the National Law School in Bangalore.

Mukul Devichand and his panel of guests discussed how social media is impacting on this year's Indian elections - the biggest voting event in the world.

Mukul was joined by Harish Bijoor, a business strategy specialist, high-profile tweeter Tinu Cherian, and by Neha Bhatnagar and Parul Agarwal from BBC Hindi.

They talked about trolling, e-empowerment, what lessons - if any - there are to learn from the US.

We also live-tweeted the programme, and lots of you got in touch to lets us know what you want from your politicians in India. Here's a selection of the tweets and comments:

@jossolid wrote: "I want honest and capable representatives who care about reading bills before they come to parliament, and then debate."

@kamal_bairwa tweeted: "I just want a corruption-free India and some commonsense in politicians who think that the public are fools"

@choudhary8008‏ asked: "Why is Indian politics incomplete without including caste or religion?"

Media captionBBC Trending discuss the impact of social media on the Indian elections live from Bangalore

@Aam_Khaas tweeted: "Thousands of ugly-looking fingers who work hard and still feel proud to cast vote. #MyIndiaMyVote is what we live for"

@Jikkuvarghese said; "Some say social media cannot change one's mind at the time of polling. Indian youth already polarized?"

@akarora1959 wrote: "India is moving on to the next level. Its Election Commission is considering allowing Non-resident Indians a vote through the internet"

@Kiruibob also got in touch to say: "Kenya has a lot to learn from India's digital registration of voters. Kenya's election body is still analogue"

Thank you for all your comments. You can follow us or get in touch @BBCTrending

Some tweets have been edited for clarity

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