Tag - 2014
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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

A Tale of Two States : The Politics of Andhra Pradesh

A Tale of Two States : The Politics of Andhra Pradeshfeatured

M uch has been said, written and bellowed about the Congress’ gloomy prospects in what are now Telangana and Seemandhra (for a refresher on how the two states came to be, check out The 545’s story from February).  Telangana voted last week and Seemandhra is among the 64 Lok Sabha constituencies that are polling today. Read more

5 Election Parody Websites You Might Have Missed

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We may call them politicians, but the Internet calls them cannon-fodder. Image: Indian Memes Much has been made of how big a role social media has played  in the 2014 Parliamentary elections. However, as our politicians discovered with bad grace and much chagrin – with the Internet’s great potential for propaganda-spamming, comes the inevitable flipside Read more

Parlia-mental: Manmohan Singh’s New Avatar

Parlia-mental: Manmohan Singh’s New Avatarfeatured

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

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

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

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