India will be holding elections over the course of one month from 16 April.
BBC News asked people from all corners of the world's largest democracy what they would do if they were prime minister.
NITIN PANDEY, 35, MEDICAL DOCTOR, JAIPUR, INDIA
If I were prime minister, I would transform the system in such a way that no jobs or university placements will be reserved for a particular caste.
There should be no secured seats for any caste, the government will provide all backward classes with free education and there will be no fee required to compete in open exams.
The same thing will apply for public service recruitment. There should be no places reserved for particular castes, not in universities or work places.
Secondly I would like to implement a uniform constitution, which will be the same for all religions. There should be no special law courts for any segment of society.
There should be freedom to practise religious beliefs and rituals but that should be done within the constitutional framework.