Can this young MP from Mumbai carry his constituency’s upmarket voters and its workers with the same ease? Liz Mathew in Mint:
Actor Salman Khan has campaigned for him, Housing Development Finance Corp. Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh is endorsing him, but as he readies for his second election, 33-year-old Milind Deora, the son of petroleum minister Murli Deora, faces a tough task in his Mumbai South constituency, as it has changed dramatically in the delimitation process.
South Mumbai now has nearly 1.7 million voters, or more than double the number of voters it had on its rolls in the 2004 general election. In fact, it’s gone from being one of India’s smallest, most somnolent (it registered only 274,358 valid votes last time) constituencies to being among its largest. It goes to vote on 30 April.
Political dynasties: The Scindias
From The Indian Express:
Reconciling their royal past with democracy, and having extended the winning streak for so long, the Scindias have done what few royal families can boast of. For over five decades, at least one member of the family has represented the erstwhile Gwalior kingdom in Parliament. They have won as candidates of national parties, as Independents, and even when they floated a regional outfit.
The family’s political history began with the late Vijaya Raje Scindia, known popularly as Rajmata, winning from Guna in 1957. Since then, five more members of her family – three children and two grandchildren – have won polls from MP and Rajasthan.
Business Standard has an extract from a new book, “Madhavrao Scindia: A Life” (Penguin), by journalists Namita Bhandare (of Asian Window) and Vir Sanghvi. Prince-turned-politician Madhavrao Scindia, father of Jyotiraditya (read the above story on the Scindia dynasty), died in an air crash in 2001:
Remembering what shikar had taught him about life, Madhavrao took his son with him to track animals – including big cat – at Shivpuri. “He tried to instill in me a sense of fearlessness,” says Jyotiraditya. “He didn’t want me to be scared of the unknown.”
Sometimes the lessons would be learnt the hard way. Jyotiraditya remebers an incident at the national park in Shivpuri. Madhavrao was driving and it was sunset and beginning to grow dark. As a joke, Madhavrao began pretending that his jeep had stalled. As he fiddled with the engine Jyotiraditya who, frightened by the possibility of being stranded in the wild with big cats lurking at night-time, promptly burst into tears.
“My father was simply furious,” remembers Jyotiraditya. “He told me to get out of the jeep, put on his headlights and made me start walking ahead alone in the wild.” After a few minutes, Madhavrao pulled up against his son, held out his hand and hauled him into the jeep.
“I don’t want my son to be a cry baby,” he said.