The Campaign Lens: Varun Gandhi

The Campaign Lens: Varun Gandhifeatured

“Your village is so small, I normally would not have visited this place,” said Varun Gandhi. The BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Sultanpur and sitting MP from Pilibhit, UP, was speaking to a gathering of about 100 people while campaigning in a village in Sultanpur. “I am going to win whether or not you vote Read more

The Campaign Lens: Gul Panag

The Campaign Lens: Gul Panagfeatured

How can you cover an election in India without meeting at least one actor on the campaign trail? So much has been said and written about celebrities in Parliament — and whether or not they contribute to the quality of governance — that I felt it was important to follow at least one to try Read more

The Campaign Lens: Narendra Modi

The Campaign Lens: Narendra Modifeatured

T hroughout my travels, I had been looking closely for signs of the ‘Modi wave’. I finally saw it on the day that Narendra Modi filed his nomination as the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Varanasi. I had never witnessed a sea of humanity such as the one I saw standing at Mint House that Read more

The Campaign Lens: Arun Jaitley

The Campaign Lens: Arun Jaitleyfeatured

I travelled to Amritsar in the first week of April to observe Arun Jaitley’s maiden Lok Sabha election campaign. It was the early days of his campaign, but Amritsar had already become one of the most keenly watched contests of these elections. Jaitley has been pitted against the colorful former Punjab chief minister, Captain Amarinder Read more

The Campaign Lens : Shashi Tharoor

The Campaign Lens : Shashi Tharoorfeatured

I made these pictures in March 2014 while observing Shashi Tharoor on his campaign trail in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, where the diplomat-turned-politican is making a bid for re-election. In the last five years, Tharoor’s life has changed dramatically. He has had to overcome painful losses both in his public and private life. Watching him brave the Read more

The Campaign Lens: Madurai’s Transgender Candidate Kannamma

The Campaign Lens: Madurai’s Transgender Candidate Kannammafeatured

I met transgender activist and independent Lok Sabha candidate Bharati Kannamma in Madurai last Wednesday, the day after the Supreme Court of India officially recognized transgender individuals as the country’s ‘third gender’. Kannamma is a highly educated and popular figure, and is known for her social service to people living below the poverty line. It Read more

The Campaign Lens: Arvind Kejriwal

The Campaign Lens: Arvind Kejriwalfeatured

Amidst politicians grandstanding at rallies and endless television debates, the truth about India’s elections is often forgotten. Convincing over 800 million people to vote one way or the other involves millions of supporters, thousands of miles on the road and hundreds of hours spent campaigning from door-to-door, neighborhood-to-neighborhood. Over the next few weeks, photojournalist Nitya Read more