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When Crime Pays

Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

by Milan Vaishnav

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When Crime Pays
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Money and Muscle in Indian Politics
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Phoolan Devi, popularly known as the "Bandit Queen," received garlands in New Delhi in 1996 after she was elected to parliament. She spent 11 years in jail on charges of murder and banditry, and was released in 1994. She was assassinated in 2001. John Moore/Associated Press hide caption

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