Indians spend billions buying the precious metal as a status symbol, dowry for daughters, investment and a gift to temples.
The world’s largest elections offer an opportunity to those under criminal investigations, allowing many accused of offences as serious as murder and rape to become lawmakers.
At least a dozen people have been arrested across the country this year over social media posts about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Journalists have been facing increasing pressure since Modi came to power in 2014.
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