Earlier today, media reports broke out that wholesale traders of low cost saris in Gujarat are thriving in business because of the Lok Sabha elections. According to Industry experts around Rs 150 crore worth of orders have been sold so far in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odish, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh in the last month alone to political parties that are in the thick of campaigning. The overtly cheap Rs 150 per piece garment is being used to woo women voters in the area.
He did a far better job of gaining knowledge of the larger sweep of history than any of his contemporaries. The confidence with which we condemn Nehru exposes the narrowness of our certainties more than it detracts from his achievements
Aatish Taseer's new novel, The Way Things Were, is an Indian classic spanning the eventful decades between the Emergency and the advent of Modi, set in Lutyens' Delhi. The novelist in conversation with the Editor of Open magazine