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India at the Polls

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 April 2014

It's the biggest democratic exercise in history, but what does it take to be a candidate in India's 2014 elections? Bring out your gender, purse, and party symbols and join BBC Hindi's Divya Arya for a quiz. Plus, Divya gives her own insights of being on the election trail in India's North East - the so-called 'Seven Sisters' region - and meeting the activist Irom Sharmila who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years.

Pakistan: 'VIP' Traffic Jams
Major traffic jams are an unfortunate occurrence in pretty much every big city around the world, but in Pakistan - a country frequently in the news for its security issues - being stuck at the lights takes on a rather different dimension. Karachi reporter Fahad Desmukh reflects on the rise of enormous security convoys for Pakistani 'VIPs' and the impact of this on the public psyche.

Rwanda: 20 Years After Genocide
BBC Africa has been marking the 20th anniversary of Rwanda's genocide in which over 800,000 people - mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus - were killed in the space of 100 days. Venuste Nshimiyimana, who now works for the African Service, was in Kigali at the time and took refuge with thousands of other people in a school guarded by UN peacekeepers. He talks about being on the last convoy out of the school and the fate of those left behind. Plus, BBC Afrique reporter Maud Julien reports on the legacy of the genocide and how it sparked war and instability in neighbouring DR Congo.

Hear My Country: Ukraine
Can you pick a song that defines your country? If you're Ukrainian it's certainly not an easy choice against the current backdrop of political and social upheaval. Ukrainian journalists Artyom Liss, Irena Taranuk and Yevgeny Kanevsky give an insight into cultural identity found in the country's music.

Online Greatest Hits
Fifi Haroon gives the low down on the top-hitting stories across the Language Service websites including 190 bee stings on your body and a bubble wrap painting of Marilyn Monroe.

Photo Credit: Associated Press



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