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beaten in Bi­har and Delhi last year.

The elec­tions may be five months away, but the heat and dust of India’s largest camhep­aCiogn­sit­si­taultrieoand­hyas­d­wair­blo-lished ti­tles. They reapBlood­pheaas­r­beedean­ft­sepril­l1e9d5i0n,twherSePabol­ished the NDA oveArRtEwAo years, 215. Will thePONLDITAICS­catch up?

catch­es7the.po3­lit­i­cal ing. again from Prob­a­bly. De­tails show a dom­i­nance of civil ser­vants, camp. The1B9S7P7-h8a0s, sah­nadrm­pe­an­deedaintsother come­back in 1980. fol­lowed by politi­cians, sportsper­sons, and then any­one claws. TheTChoenN­graep­sosle­hoan­sicemMbras­rGkead­ndhi just had to have a who eye. on­waamyaos­f­sirveewraer­c­dri­u­nigtmheen­rtf­darvioveu.rTithese. But it could only be There is aPnEeRwCjEoNkeTr in the pack—anPRaItMteEmpt at elecit­sit­slen-ethaak­tin-wgains-intsotg—uear­rbi­ilt­lali­wkearV-olde­mor­tU­tot­far­thPer­adHeas­rhr’sy­pop­tur­loat­nioicn BJaP pop­uliIst­mis.thSeuf­goguertshtiloarngseswt ere al­wMaIyNsISmTaEdReSto the ri­oPrso.ttTehreirsce­ormiems,on­thobe-jeoc­n­teiv-ewih­soto-must-not-be-named—ri­vals that of Brazil. govern­ment—ei­therHome state, with for­mally7.3 per cen­tor by word of mouth, short

8 of India’s 14 PMs woboe,caouasx­eotrhbeuSlu­lypIrned­miae’sCboiu­grgtehsatd barred theto 17% use of India’sti­tles pop­u­la­tionor long-winded.of India’sWe now to­tal havearea a govern­ment web­site for

have come from UP eleac­stoara‘stue­fifinxt’hoer H‘pirned­fi­ixh’e. art­land, the Padma awards, invit­ing nom­i­na­tions elec­tron­i­cally, whereIn­thte­huenC­fon­rgstiv­i­tiuneg­nptoAll­sasermithbm­lyeo­tifc1946, K.T. Shah had with nom­i­na­tors re­quired to give their Aad­har num­bers—in tak­weas­ntoed­prais­con­meprlse.tTe­haib­sois­lit­niont aonf toithle-s, whichLwITEaRsAnCaY­tu­ral­lyeaog­pu­peosgeadm­bey, a ritGuDaPl fact to fic­tioDnA.LNIToS let­ters, but

com­pro­m6ise s9o­lu­tio.n7s. er Sais­r­mAall­nay­dis(tKa­treisehlneac-swamy Iyer). Sir Al­ladi all elec­tron­i­cally-able In­di­ans can par­tic­i­pate. Which tiohnas­d­catnhebes.uIpt’spoark­t­noofckR-ao­ju­atjim(Ca.tcRha: jagopalachari) while swipes away 500 mil­lion In­di­ans straight­away. You may theKs.Mem. iP-faini­ak­lk­foar 2c0h1ip9p.ed in with end up with a tight cir­cle of a lakh—or even less. The Sar­dar Pa­tel felt ti­tles “were abused for cPoErRruCpEtiNnTg the ob­ject is to show that the award is given by the peo­ple,

did not want At to 69.7%, nul­lify Ut­tar past Pradesh’snot the State. BetweenThis is roulette-wheel2005 and pop­ulism.Ut­tar PradeshThe game­has Th­heoin­mo­proifirc­tat­nit­cle­sog­fiUvet­tnar­byPr­tahdeeBs­rhi­tish. Balkr­ishna lit­er­acy Shar­marate ranks 29this fixed, a pop­ulist2014, Ut­tar sham. Pradesh’s the coun­try’s high­est to Itnhdouiag’shpt on­liot­nic-ahlehris­ta­to­br­lye ctaitnlen­sot(e.g., Ma­hatma) among were states in and UTs We must GDP un­der­stand­grew at 6.6%the dis­tinc­tion be­tweenDalit pop­u­la­tion ‘pop­u­lar’ be­soyvnecr­swtait­thedIn. Wdi­ah­nile­triat dmi­taiok­nes, bu­up­taall princes lost theirs in and ‘pop­ulist’ awards. The ti­tle ‘Ma­hatma’ was an siz1e9a5b0le; 7th­peeyr­w­cen­ret odfiIvned­s­ti­aedinot­fetrhmeisr privy purses later in award from the peo­ple. So were ‘Pan­ditji’ and ‘Sar­dar’ of a1r9e7a1,.tYhoeu­uc­narnom­seaen­thiceapl­leyrn­saismtinedg con­fu­sion of minds. awards from the peo­ple. ‘Ma­hamopad­hyay’ is an award ‘NorthHe­orn­wPevroerv,inthce ’teisx­thoef tchoeuCnotrnys’tsi­tu­tion (for our pur­pos­moesst)pisoc­pluealoru: of dis­tinc­tion. So is ‘the great­est’ or ‘su­per­star’. If the “sNs­toat­ti­etl—e,intsot2b0e0in­m­gial­limonil­i­tary or aca­demic dis­in­htian­bci­tiaont,ssah­ca­clol peo­ple have con­ferred a ‘ti­tle’—dare I say ‘Ne­taji’?— ub­netc­fon­r­fem­ror­ered tb­hy­atnh1e6S­tate” [Ar­ti­cle 18(1)]. do you re­ally need to go to the Supreme Court to seek perB­coeth­n­thoef pIn­r­do­hiai’bsit­pi­onpual­nadtieoxnc. eIf­pU­tiot­tnaar re clear enough. The af­fir­ma­tion? Peo­ple’s awards may also be cor­rupted by Prared­set­shofwthaes arc­to­icu­len­treyi,nit­fowr­coeusldabre­pub­li­can con­cern: “No me­dia ap­pari­tions. The lat­ter cre­ates and de­stroys. But the­ci­w­ti­zo­erlnd’os­f­sIixnt­d­hi­amsohsatlploapcuce­lapt­teda.ny ti­tle fromSuap­n­py­orfto­erse:igUnpper tchaasteis, aMawuir­lyl-aos’,-the-wisSpupth­paorttde­orse:sMnu’tslfi­moosl, OthBeCs­dis­cern­ing

stTathei”s [sA­tart­gig­cleer1in8g(2s)t]a. Hti­sotwicen­voetrw, thitehS- up­re­meKCuro­muirst,,Nwish­hi­acdhs Mu­layam ‘TNaregteatj:i’T?raT­doiti­soon­mal esu. pOproMr­te­ords,imthided‘lAe ir stah­nadsinogft,etnhem­sat­da­teet’sheimop­bav­i­co­tu­os­nuIn­od­bi­avnious, decTi­adregdett:hAr­l­locuags­thes peo­ple hcolan­so­su­vi­rawde­hvoel­toh­pe­myel­nikt ien.itLi­aet­tivues­niver­siYad­taievs po­laitCi­cosnhstais­tubteioen bdein­spchroip­notrhteioBnal­tae­jliy­case (BalaexjicRepat­gMhuasvlaimns/, ho they want Pos­i­tives: (ran­domSeen by though Mus­lims eve­nas a coun­terthose larSg.eP.IAt­sne­andds v8s0 Upan­ri­oli­namofenIn­tadri­iaa,nDse­cem­ber Pos­i­tives: Amit Shah’s or­gan­i­sa­tional may be). to Let the the BJP; film de­vel­op­ment­folk choose ini­tia­tives­their own. to t1h5e, 514939-m5)emth­baetr dLeoskpSi­taeb­h­tah,eanad­nti-‘ti­tles’push to the booth level But leave the State out of this. Pa­tron­age is

Neg­a­tives: other Bit­ter than fam­ilyby a pull feud. here Al­le­ga­tion­sand sevper­novoif­siIonnd,ia‘’asweaigrhdts’prwimereem­coi nisti­etrustion­al­lyNega­tives: No CM can­di­date yet not earned, un­vtial­l1id9.9T1hi­as­dis­car­lelead­iUngP tfhroemir hthome eh.eart, or a shove of there. law­less­ness,The Padma nepo­tisim, web­site cor­rup­tio­nand its Theislsteawl­ly­hen­roew, wsthaant­dt­sheateeyiegshc­tap­n­rn­i­mote­see. The ‘elec­tronic man­age­ment sys­tem’ are quite mic­noisutretrsthoou­ut­go­hft1t4h—e ap­n­rod­cte­hdeu­dre­ow­fonl-lowed for mean­ing­less. This is not an Olympic race,

aCcO­tuNal­lGy wacrod­nt­freern­md­ed­netew­palys­b­hoot­phel­ressp­s­ley­op­wlieshy-washy. where Bolt a y2a8rd, bu2t of tTh­hees­ti­ad­tee­abte­hca­tus­theeit­sesut­git­glest­sartheeearned is one in which there is no real dif­fer­ence gr adguaainl sdtetmheot­teioxnt, fwrohmichac­paorsvi­et­sioan­noe­fx­cep­tionSup­port­ers: Dal­its be­tweenSuap­n­paowrtearrsd: eMeuaslnimd­shains­d­pDrao­liftess­sional leaod­nel­rysfhoirp.‘mIti­wl­i­tas­ry­toofru­alf­cilaUdePm’sid­ced­si­is­rteinc­tion’.Tar­get: Mus­lims neigh­boTuar.gWet:eW­dooin­hgof­naro­muerrsp,eitois­paleim. iIn­go­fotern to bAel­laot­ththeer­scaen­retr­bea-snt­naegde.tThrauteM, oth­dei Supreme won­der up­per about and pop­u­lar back­ward In­di­an­caste sup­port no­tions of

Pos­i­tives: Mus­lims are not happy with haC­do­duerc­tid­wead­ntoed­cotnhetep­strofr­coem­duVraer­taon­bae­sia high-SP, may side with Mayawati ‘hero­ism’ and ‘leadership’—surely some­thing

Pos­i­tives: Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan Ya­tra in 2le0v1e4l ,caom­ndmthitetener, ebtu­a­tinit­sth­fier­steastep of al­lowaf­tien­rgth­theeeBle­hcatiroantsRaat­tnthae, that makes awards ir­rel­e­vant.

has brought it back into the pub­lic eye cthoestPoafdhmisa awards,Neg­a­tives: Sev­eral se­nior lead­ers If the Union govern­ment can give oldthGeu­jCahrak­tir­baas,staion­ndotfhGeaAn­rd­juh­n­i­naa­gaanrd. Phalke­have left the party; no in­flu­en­tial awards,Nceag­nat­tivhees:sW­tae­taek gorog­vaen­ris­nam­tioen­natl sbad­soe;so

aTwhaer dse-wlian­sk­tinot­gaoll­fyUwt­traornPg.radesh Mus­lim leader as well?nToht seeCeon­nas­tait­suetri­oun­sacrognuteanbd­leyr­favours from tThaekneat­tiohneal­fip­goul­rite­ic­sal­fos­r­po2tl0ig1h5t: Padma th20e1U2 nAisos­nem.Wblyh­paot li lsf the 2s0­ta1t4eL­soak­lS­soab­shtarp­toellds begVaibn­hi­un­s1h9a8n9s,,so9on(ian­fctelur­dthineg­prAo-dvani, for draw­ing up their own hon­ours lists? This resce­orn­vsaotiloan­tioMna);ndBahl uC­sohmamn­sis, s2io0n; Shris, 75. is pre­cisely why the Con­sti­tu­tion places camOre­itnhte­o­fovrecrea,lwl ipthicM­tu­urleay­tailml ’2s016: Delhi, an ab­so­lute em­bargo on all or any ti­tles Sam79a3jwwaid­ninPearrst;yMema­her­a­gri­ans­gha­tr­sat,he748; Tamil ex­cept mil­i­tary and aca­demic. O ti­tle win­ners, voiNcead­ouf ,th3e8n5e;wElyasetm, p3o7w2e; rNe­dorb­tahceka-st, 161. re­turn your ti­tles! waNr­dow­caw­sthesa.tI?t aMl­soorelef­dotrot­the NDoar­lith­east? Or comism­paut­nri­ot­n­yargael­lynionng-bpeohli­it­nic­datl?heTBheSPU,PA, over firstet nledye­bayrsK,ag­nasvhei Rawa­maya1n,d16th9ean­wbayrds, and

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