What's in a name? Well, in the world's largest democracy, political power for one. With hundreds of millions of voters and thousands of candidates, India's general elections present a vast political quagmire into which many ambitious souls dive, only to be sucked down into obscurity.
One of the best tools for staying afloat is possession of a family name that already resonates with an electorate that often needs a reason to deviate from simply voting along caste or religious lines.
The current election, which winds up this week after one month of staggered polling, has seen dozens of sons, daughters and in-laws of established politicians competing for the national parliament's 543 elected seats.
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