India's Jailbirds Win Elections

Criminal charges and imprisonment don’t deter candidates
Uttar Pradesh: Women queue up to vote in February Photograph by Ashish Shrivastav/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Mukhtar Ansari has been in jail since 2005, charged with ordering a rival’s murder by hit men who pumped 400 bullets into the victim’s car. Neither that charge nor any of the more than 30 others against him cost him his day job as a state legislator.

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