Mumbai, India – Teena, a 22-year-old mother, arrives late to her acting class in Dharavi, Mumbai, apologising and wiping the sweat from her forehead. Her weekly, 10-hour round-trip from her home in Nashik to this acting school in the heart of India‘s … Continue reading In a Mumbai slum, acting school stirs Bollywood ambitions
AMROHA: It’s about 930 in the morning and we have stopped for a quick cup of coffee at a Burger King outlet in Gajraula, on the Bijnor – Moradabad Road in Western Uttar Pradesh. This area falls within the Amroha Lok … Continue reading On The Campaign Trail: The Hathi In The Room In Amroha
MORADABAD: Ghaziabad’s glitzy housing developments give way to Moradabad’s congested roads, the political narrative also shifts. The Citizen is travelling through western Uttar Pradesh, and the Congress Party, thus far entirely absent from the voter’s discourse in Ghaziabad and Amroha, is … Continue reading On The Campaign Trail: Moradabad’s Speciality Khichdi
NEW DELHI: ‘Thoda mehenga kha lenge, but Pakistan se dar ke nahi rehenge (we’ll spend more on food and basic necessities, but we will not live in fear of Pakistan)” 18 year old Nikhil Gupta says. He turns down the upbeat music … Continue reading BJP and AAP Dominate Delhi Voter Discourse, Where is the Congress?
A sober yet visibly happy Rahul Gandhi took the mike to address the press yesterday, as the Congress – under his leadership – recorded its most decisive victory in recent polls, and is all set to form the government in … Continue reading The Evolution of Rahul Gandhi: A Millennial Perspective
MYSORE: “it’s a neck to neck fight between the BJP and Congress,” says a smiling young man behind the counter at a coffee shop just off the highway connecting Mysore to Bengaluru. The Citizen team left Bengaluru early in the morning, … Continue reading On The Campaign Trail: State Highway-17 From Bengaluru To Mysore
BENGALURU: On the ground, there is little to indicate that Karnataka is in the midst of heavy campaigning and headed to the polls in under a week. There are no posters, flags, flyers or other election paraphernalia that often mark … Continue reading The Binary Narrative Of The Karnataka Polls