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Devil's Own Workshop

Out there on Highway 47, the good Christians eye the BJP. And the Nairs let clannish loyalties take them anywhich way: crusty comrades, or a born-again Hindu who doles out Jesus-Atal Easter cards.

Devil's Own Workshop
Devil's Own Workshop
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Thiruvananthapuram on Easter Sunday morning is at its most placid as our taxi rolls through its up-and-down streets, past eternally pink Victorian structures, sarkari office monstrosities spawned by the PWD and sleepy middle-class homes guarded by hefty coconut trees. The good-looking church at Post Master General Junction is bristling with new wave cars waiting for their pious masters and mistresses praying their way to heavenly merit—and promotions—inside, before the freshly risen Christ.

The sun is not yet hard-hitting but it has been sticky and steamy at 7 am. On both sides of the road, walls announce the three main guys trying to make it again to the Good Life as empee this year: V.S. Shivakumar, sitting Congress empee,O. Rajagopal, sitting Kendriya Mantri but no empee, and P.K. Vasudevan Nair, former CPI empee and former Kerala CM. Nair, a decent man despite politics, has been brought back on the road in his old age because Thiruvananthapuram has a whole lot of Nairs. So’s Rajagopal a Nair. So’s Shivakumar. I feel bad for Rajagopal because it looks like he’s...

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