India's Election: Shoe-Thrower and Politicians Miss the Mark

An attack on the Home Minister aimed to highlight treatment of Sikhs, but what really concerns most Indian voters is the economy and jobs, not sectarianism

Of all the things Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's Home Minister, might have expected from his New Delhi press conference on Apr. 7, having a ratty old sneaker flung at him was probably the last. But there it was, flying past his surprised face, freeze-framed and slow-motioned on national television throughout the day, a visual echo of the shoe that U.S. President George W. Bush ducked in Iraq, or the one that barely missed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a visit to Britain.

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