Degrees Of CriminalityThere were 14 Union ministers with criminal cases in 2014. Seven of the 19 new ones are accused of attempt to murder or rioting. And yet, for Delhi Police, reporting to the MHA, the misdemeanours of AAP MLAs—alleged intimidation, domestic violence, fake degrees, casteist remarks—are top of mind.
Even in the still and serene surroundings of his 2,000-acre estate on the Sahayadri slopes in Chikmagalur in the Western Ghats, Ashok Kuriyan can feel the hustle-and-bustle and the pace of the Indian economy. At Balanoor Plantations, the "feelgood" factor has gripped every worker, including its MD Kuriyan. After all, despite a huge rise in input costs, it netted a cool profit of Rs 30 lakh this season, compared to a "no-profit, no-loss situation" in the previous one. "If we had not got the Rs 25 lakh subsidy last year, we would've been in serious trouble," says Kuriyan.