Election Season Begins With Chhattisgarh Polls. Still More Entertaining than Thugs of Hindostan

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Election Season Begins With Chhattisgarh Polls. Still More Entertaining than Thugs of Hindostan

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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he precursor to the much-awaited 2019 general election is underway, as the people of Chhattisgarh sally forth to cast their ballots in the state assembly polls. Today was the first phase of voting in the state, comprising 18 constituencies, mostly in the Naxal-affected southern region. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. I think it’s time to clamber up the podium, clear our throats, and declare, “Let the Hunger Games begin!”  

So why is Chhattisgarh, known more for its lush forests and star athletes than its political machinations, our best introduction to 2019?

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