India, April 15 -- With the election campaign in full swing, the febrile atmosphere is generating extensive verbiage from the punditry on what factors might swing the election one way or the other. It's a veritable alphabet soup of variables, so we thought it would be helpful to learn the electoral alphabet. But even then, some letters of the alphabet have several options, which means that the scope for punditry is even more elastic.

Alliances: Just how united or fragmented will the Opposition vote be, will make the difference in many close contests. There was of course Acche Din from the last election, but that's been given a quiet burial. Then there is A for Anti-nationals who are the nation's biggest enemy, but an important vote mobil...