Foreign News: The Captive Candidate

In New Delhi last month, the 500 members of India's Parliament prepared to go home. In the great olive green chamber, amid laughter, chatter and happy wishes for a pleasant vacation, hardly anyone noticed a strange, solitary figure in a yellow silk tunic and turban, slumped over his desk, weeping bitterly.

Finally, one of his colleagues walked over and asked him what the matter was. The man did not understand: he spoke only a strange tribal dialect. At length, an interpreter was found. The weeping Deputy turned out to be Muchaki Kesa, duly elected representative of 700,000 Indian citizens, and there...

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