Why Ranchi symbolizes India’s unmet hopes
Much has changed, but Ranchi remains a metaphor for an emerging India with limited opportunities
While Ranchi’s population has gone up, it faces the same malaise that many other small Indian cities do—a crippling lack of industrial activity that can create jobs
21 January 1994. Govinda was the reigning king of the Hindi film industry. His latest film, Raja Babu, had just released. The first day, first show was playing at Sujata Cinema: the biggest movie theatre in Ranchi back then. It is around 1pm. The house-full crowd is rather subdued.