29 July, 2021

Delhi Diary

For all the accumulated wisdom, all you get by way of an answer as to what’s in store in the five assembly elections is blah, blah, blah and blather.

Delhi Diary
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For Whom The Polls Toll

Access is the holy grail that the hack pack in the capital’s political ghetto chases—or thinks it has found. Editors recount how many samosas they have had with prime ministers, down to the last chickpea. Anchors are on first-name terms with all but the Pope’s alleged moll. And reporters have the “inside story”—all the news you can’t print. Yet, for all the accumulated wisdom, all you get by way of an answer as to what’s in store in the five assembly elections is blah, blah, blah and blather.

Maybe, this is as it should be. “Scotty” Reston, the legendary New York Times editor, wrote after covering an Indian poll that “an election is a voter’s secret communion with democracy; it is sacrilege to peep in”. Still, it is difficult to believe if anodyne arithmetic...

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