Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”
Voters in India’s capital headed to polling booths today in the third phase of the biggest election in world history, with Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party set to win the most seats and grab power after a decade.
One reason opposition candidate Narendra Modi is on track to become India’s next prime minister can be found in a 100-bed government-run hospital in the city of Jaunpur. Goats roam the corridors, used syringes and vomit litter the floors, and the walls display red spatter from tobacco that has been chewed and spat out.
Sugar output in India, the world’s largest producer after Brazil, is set to climb for the first time in three years as a subsidy for raw exports and abundant dam water spur farmers to increase planting.
Not far from the banks of the Ganges, India’s holiest river, Prem Sagar Pal sits in a room strewn with old newspapers and a single computer plotting a way to end Narendra Modi’s quest to become prime minister.