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The Underworld and Elections 2014

Cover Story

The mobster wants your vote

Stories in this issue

The Poetry of Dynasty and the Prodigal Son

When they came to annex Awadh, the last Nawab of Awadh felt he wasn’t ready for badshahat and composed a song about nostalgia, and leaving his city Lucknow. Babul, mora naihar chhooto jaye... (Father…

The Call of the Cloud

Adobe, the world’s No 1 graphics software maker, will not sell shrink-wrapped software in India anymore. Instead, the graphics major is offering its tools on rent through an online ‘cloud’—a vast…

Action Replays

As the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League takes off in the United Arab Emirates because of the Indian election, Lalit Modi will again be remembered for his organising talent. Five years ago…

The Veteran Debutant

Arun Jaitley is fighting a tough contest and a bad throat. There’s a palpable look of worry on his face as the first-time candidate in the Lok Sabha polls fishes into his kurta pockets, comes out…

Mogambo in the Sacred City

The wait is over. The Congress Party has found a man to fight Modi from Benares. I was in interior Mirzapur, with Congress people, when I heard. It was a hot desolate morning. The countryside was…

What Modi can learn from 2009

The view from Chiranjeevi’s shoulder was of an unbroken ocean of humanity, rippling with love and adulation, and stretching far into the offing. This had been planned as quite a modest rally,…

What Is Past Is Provocation

There are two kinds of yesterday in politics. One is perfumed memory. Here an exaggerated sense of greatness prevails. Its best—or worst—expressions are found when a faith is in power. When gods,…

The Indian Liberal

While there was a lot of justifiable hand-wringing and talk of fascist elements in the Hindu right when Penguin pulped Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, there has been very…

Survival of the Savviest

“I admit we resigned suddenly... no one expected us to and people were shocked with that... the decision to resign was fine, but it came as a shock. If we had to go to the people and explain, they…

Protesting in Memoriam

The sale of the nuclear physicist Dr Homi Bhabha’s palatial bungalow in Mumbai is expected to fetch a record price. Called Mehrangir—a combination of Bhabha’s parents’ names, Meherbai and Jehangir—…