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Given the miserable state of the Indian media these days and its culture of opinion-mongering, the audience and the reader are feeling resigned to the degraded status of the news reports and data seen on the TV and the newspapers. This is particularly applicable to election reporting where distortions are often finely planned and of course highly motivated. So much so very often even the news headlines serve the purpose of misleading the reader rather than neutrally indicating the news content. The chosen article here by one of the best known academicians writing on India is based on solid facts culled from several sources and a very welcome exception. Although the article in question revolves around Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] and its prospects in the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, it is in reality a comprehensive analysis applicable to the wide gamut of competitors in the fray. It also allows the reader if she so prefers to differ with the author duo since the relevant facts and data have been put squarely on the table.