India, March 15 -- States with high development indicators such as Kerala and West Bengal tend to vote in older members of Parliament and legislative assemblies than the rest of India, according to an HT analysis. Looking at the average ages of winners in Lok Sabha and assembly elections since 2008 in each Lok Sabha seat, the average age of winning candidates in Kerala is 55.4 years while that of West Bengal is 54.7. Only Tripura votes older candidates with an average age of 55.5. Meghalaya votes in candidates at least 10 years younger, with winners there having an average age of 45.7 years.

So when Kerala and West Bengal vote in older candidates, what does that mean? Does that mean people there like their political representatives to be...