The Third Front: The Western media will call them “left wing” and ominously throw in the fact that there are “communists” involved, and there are, but mostly they’re a shaky coalition of small, rural, regional parties that represent India’s poor and historically disenfranchised. They are led by the hilariously corrupt Mayawati — who also happens to look exactly like a female Rod Blagojevich.
Update II: Totally awesome: Ms. Hilariously Corrupt paid five million US dollars in income tax in the ’08 financial year. The top tax rate in India is 30%-ish, so she earned at least fifteen million USD – assuming she was more honest with the tax office than she was with the constituency. Cough cough.
Screw Singaporean politics; where can I sign up to be an Indian politician?