It is best known to outsiders as Calcutta where the famed nun Mother Teresa set up her Missionaries of Charity to serve the dying in the city in 1950. Since then, the city has been renamed Kolkata and is witnessing a transformation in its political landscape. The state of West Bengal where it is located has been a traditional stronghold of India's Communist Party. That now may change, as the party and the state find themselves at the crossroads of tradition and progress. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI