The 2014 general election for India's House of the People (Lok Sabha in Hindi) is winding down. The airplanes, buses, cars, helicopters, and trains carrying the candidates and canvassers will soon reach the regions where the remaining voters are awaiting the chance to cast their ballots.  It is, however, unlikely that these voters are going to hear, see, or read anything new.

Parents in India hope or somewhat expect that their children will follow in their footsteps.  So, actors’ children become actors; doctors’ kids become doctors; industrialists’ progenies become business owners. Believing in this tradition, one public leader’s four generations followed his footprints fittingly.

The candidates have filed their nomination papers.  All the rest, commonly in demand during election season, is already in place: astrologers, camera crews, election officers, the police, pollsters, pundits, reporters, supporters, and voters.  The 2014 election for India’s House of the People, also called the Lower House of Parliament (or Lok Sabha in Hindi) is about to start. 

The state of Bihar has rough and rugged topography, some adivasi people, and the nation of Nepal as neighbor. Its infrastructure is poor and revenue meager. And, last year, it was identified as one of the least developed state in India by a central government appointed panel.

The book The Hindus: An Alternative History by an American author Wendy Doniger has generated a controversy in India.  In an out-of-court settlement, Penguin Books India has reportedly agreed to pull the plug on Doniger’s book and has further agreed to pulp her book’s copies.

Freedom fighter, nationalist, politician, secularist, lawyer, world statesman, and patriot - these are commonly used nouns for Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The noun "writer" is seldom used in place of his name, even though Nehru has written several books.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has declared that if both the party and its coalition partners combine to win a majority in Parliament in the 2014 election, then Narendra Modi will be the next Prime Minister of India. The announcement came on Friday the 13th of September, 2013.