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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

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Is Modi Too Ambitious? Arvind Panagariya On Infrastructure, Reforms & Joining The Government

Is Modi Too Ambitious? Arvind Panagariya On Infrastructure, Reforms & Joining The Governmentfeatured

A rvind Panagariya is a Professor of Economics & Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. A well-known backer of Narendra Modi’s economic policies, the Princeton-trained economist is open to moving to India if offered a role in the new administration. However, in an interview with The 545, the former Chief Economist Read more

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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

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Parlia-mental: Narendra Modi’s Great Balancing Act

Parlia-mental: Narendra Modi’s Great Balancing Actfeatured

Political satire is a serious thing, and as political scientist Dr. Paul Parker once remarked, “The political cartoonist is not necessarily bound by the same ethical standards as journalists.” In the run-up to the elections, The 545 will bring to you a weekly comic from Nishant Jain, giving us his irreverent take on our politicians Read more

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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

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BJP “Needs To” Allow FDI In Retail | Q&A with Jagdish Bhagwati

BJP “Needs To” Allow FDI In Retail | Q&A with Jagdish Bhagwatifeatured

Jagdish Bhagwati is University Professor of Economics, Law, and International Affairs at Columbia University and among India’s most eminent economists. In recent years, the Mumbai-born, Cambridge-educated academic has been broadly supportive of fellow Gujarati prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The 545 recently interviewed him to ask how he sees India’s economic model changing in the Read more

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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

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VIDEO | Incredible Images From India’s Early Elections

VIDEO | Incredible Images From India’s Early Electionsfeatured

The more things change, the more they remain the same. It’s the same impoverished millions coming out to vote. The same indelible ink marking the voter’s finger. The same cotton-clad politicians milling about Parliament. Perhaps, the only things that aren’t the same today are the electronic voting machines and legions of paramilitary forces deployed around Read more

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Parlia-mental: Rahul Gandhi, Stand Up Comedian

Parlia-mental: Rahul Gandhi, Stand Up Comedianfeatured

Political satire is a serious thing, and as political scientist Dr. Paul Parker once remarked, “The political cartoonist is not necessarily bound by the same ethical standards as journalists.” In the run-up to the elections, The 545 will bring to you a weekly comic from Nishant Jain, giving us his irreverent take on our politicians Read more

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