New and popular politicians in the developing world’s largest democracies come from humble origins. This trend reflects an ‘equality of conditions,’ or free societies that come to see dignity in each individual.
Narendra Modi, the newly installed prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, India, is the low-caste son of a tea-stall owner.
Joko Widodo, the president-elect of the third largest democracy, Indonesia, was a furniture maker only a decade ago.
And Marina Silva, the most popular candidate in a presidential race in the fourth largest democracy, Brazil, grew up in poverty in an Amazon jungle town. As a child, she tapped rubber trees and taught herself to read at age 16.
Picture: Presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party speaks during a Sept. 8 campaign visit to the Unibes Foundation which offers aid to the needy.