Mapping the crime-politics nexus in India
Milan Vaishnav's book When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics is the best map in navigating the tricky terrain of politics and crime
As elections get under way in Uttar Pradesh, there is apparently reason to cheer already. The Association for Democratic Reforms has reported a drop in the number of candidates with criminal records or cases filed against them. As against 2012, when 32% of candidates had criminal cases against them, this time around the figure is 20%—168 out of 836 aspirants to political office.