A Modi regime, I noted, would have potentially grave consequences both for a plural India and a Britain which has a substantial Asian population. I did not call, as has been widely reported, for Britain to sever links with India.
The world's largest democracy going to polls, the second most expensive elections in the world where the spending limit on each seat is a whopping $117000 (Rs 70 lakh) but what about those who make this process possible.
The 'Shahi Imam' of the Jama Masjid has declared his support to the Congress for the 2014 elections. I have deliberately put 'Shahi Imam' in quotes and let me first explain that. It's no official title. There exists nothing in India like a Shahi Imam. It's a title that the generations of Bukharis have bestowed on themselves.
I was born lucky, not because I was born into wealth or power but because I was privileged to share the legacy of India's greatest Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. As I grew older, I was embarrassed when friends would shout out my lineage to the new teacher who I felt would already form an opinion about me.
The concept was interesting. The four main candidates of the urban and relatively upmarket Bangalore South all together on one platform, answering questions on their policies and targets. And taking questions from the audience - their potential voters.
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With only six seats, Jammu and Kashmir is numerically insignificant in the 545-member Lok Sabha. For years thus, this state with a controversial legacy and turbulent past has held little interest for national parties other than to use its internal and external dimensions to garner support at the national level.
One uncharitable tweet said Pramod Muthalik's time with the BJP was shorter than some celebrity marriages. The marriage simile was repeated to us by some policemen on the highway to Hubli who stopped our car to check it.