“Do you listen to English music? Let’s see if you recognize this song,” said Akhilesh Yadav, the 40-year-old chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India, during a recent interview in his home in Lucknow.
The song, Man se hain Mulayam Irade Loha hai (He is soft-hearted but iron-willed), set to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire,” has been in heavy rotation on the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh. It isn’t about the chief minister, though, it is about his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, who previously served three terms as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Voting in India’s national election concludes on May 12 with 41 different constituencies going to the polls, including the elder Yadav’s Azamgarh.
The younger Yadav spoke to Quartz about the national election, the riots and development in the state…read it at Quartz.