In his autobiography, the original Hindi film superstar Dilip Kumar writes of how he got his screen name. It was the Bombay Talkies owner Devika Rani who told him, “Yousuf, I was thinking about your launch as an actor and I felt it would not be a bad idea if you adopted a screen name.
In 2012, we did a television show to identify the greatest Indian after Mahatma Gandhi (post 1947). The winner by some distance was Babasaheb Ambedkar; Jawaharlal Nehru just about made it to the top 10.
A) Elections are always about arithmetic, occasionally about chemistry. 2015 Bihar has been about a bit of both: the caste arithmetic of the “Mahagatbandhan” with the chemistry of Nitish as a ‘decent’ ‘hard-working’ chief minister propelled a wave election.
B) The BJP cant put all their eggs in Narendra Modi’s basket in election after election. The prime minister is easily the country neta’s number one, is a charismatic politician, but there are limits to personality-based politics,