With due respect to the independent candidates - and there are 4000-odd such individuals from the last elections - in my honest opinion, given the current Indian political system, they are nothing more than “wasted cannon”.
Recent political events 4 major states - Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka & Andhra - tell the story of changing political governance agenda. When it comes to managing affairs of their state units, it is Federal nature of BJP vs Imperial approach of Congress.
A recently released report on ‘Caste’ by the Hindu American Foundation, a body of (mostly first generation) American citizens of Indian origin, has unleashed a raging controversy in India and the US Hindu community.
Dr. Sen’s case is a case which sits right in the twilight zone. Even if we accept Dr. Sen's contention that he does not support Naxalites' methods of violence, their goals and his overall philosophy has been congruent.