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How to get away with murder in small-town India

In my line of work, there are few things as gratifying as catching someone in a lie

Ellen Barry | NYT 

On my last week in India, I went to say goodbye to Jahiruddin Mewati, the chief of a small village where I had made a dozen or so reporting trips. Jahiruddin and I were not precisely friends, but we had spent many hours talking over the years, mostly about local politics. I found him entirely without scruples but candid. He suspected my motives but found me entertaining, in the way that a talking dog might be entertaining, without regard for the particulars of what I said. Jahiruddin, though uneducated, was an adept politician, fresh from winning a hard-fought local ...

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First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 09:38 IST
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