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  • Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi. - FILE PHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

    Reaching for the Stars: The Incredible Rise of Arvind Kejriwal

    Vidya Subrahmaniam

    Five years ago, Arvind Kejriwal was far from being the man of the masses he is today. He abhorred politics and politicians and was in no quandary about enlisting the right wing in his anti-corruption fight. From that to his emergence as a natural leader of the poor and minorities, is a riveting story as riven with contradictions as it is full of surprises.
    The Hindu Centre's Senior Fellow Vidya Subrahmaniam, who as a correspondent with The Hindu followed Kejriwal's public life between 2006 and 2014, traces his rise from activism to political stardom.

A polling official (right) marks the finger of a voter in Chrar-i-Sharief on Dec 9, 2014, during the third phase of polling for the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly election. Photo : AP

Jammu & Kashmir

An Election of Competing Nationalisms

Kaustav Chakrabarti

The ongoing Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir is marked by a decline in the fortunes of the Indian National Congress. Kaustav Chakrabarti, says that though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could gain in Jammu, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to emerge victorious in Kashmir.
David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. Photo: M. Moorthy

Interview

A Modern Secularism Crucial for India's Progress: David Washbrook

V.S. Sambandan and A.R. Venkatachalapathy

A leading British historian of colonial south India, David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K., sees India at a crossroads with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heading the Union government.