Post 83, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

5:45 p.m.: Rachit and I have just returned from the market in the Camp area. As Rachit goes upstairs into Birjinder’s home to give them the vegetarian snacks he has purchased, I join Om Prakash and Bhullan who are standing outside the mill chatting about the just-concluded UP legislative assembly elections. They are in the midst of a heated argument about Yogi Adityanath, who has been nominated Chief Minister of the State barely a few hours ago.

Om Prakash wholeheartedly supports the decision to elevate Adityanath. “He is a baba,” Om Prakash asserts, referring to the Chief Minister’s status as chief priest of the historic Gorakhnath temple. “When he walks by the streets of his constituency Gorakhpur, people halt in their tracks.”

Bhullan shares none of Om Prakash’s admiration for the new Chief Minister of their State. “He can get his a*se f***ed for all I care. The man is full of hatred for others. He’d better watch what he says, or he’ll get himself into trouble,” he snaps.

Om Prakash smiles indulgently.