An inheritor does not necessarily have it easy. If he’s the legatee of a weighty political party, the passage to power is that much more challenging because he has to earn and justify the mighty endowment — by leading and winning elections, coaxing workers’ fealty and that done, by retaining power. Since Jharkhand was created in 2000, its politics has been murky. Hemant Soren, the scion of Shibu Soren (Guruji to his followers) — who principally catalysed and shaped Jharkhand’s politics — has still to come out of his father’s shadow, although Shibu’s political career was itself riddled with controversies and reverses.
At 44, Hemant is positioned to go for the gold in the Jharkhand election because he was declared