Partha, having been guided by my friends who can read Bengali, I am back to this thread. I have no doubt about the reliability and popularity of Ananda Bazaar Patrika because I am very well aware of this very old publication.
At the outset, let me point out that the title of your thread is misleading in the sense that it refers to all the politicians in India. Coming to the thread, it is quite amusing to note that it is the fact (probably) that the lady in question is a Congress candidate for the Panchayat elections in Assam rather than the fact (as claimed) that she is a post-graduate and is the Vice Principal of an educational institution despite her poor general knowledge that has garnered the attention in this thread. I am not interested to get into the game of comparisons because that is not the way out and so I am not going for it.
Trying to find out answers to a few questions may help-
Firstly, the doubt (which seemingly excited the author) whether she is an Indian. Is the election commission of this nation so ineffective that they fail to check the credentials of a person before accepting their candidature? If she is qualified otherwise, even after the NRC exercise, why should we cast that aspersion? We have so many leaders who have come across different borders.
Secondly, how did she pass her post-graduation? General Knowledge is not a part of the syllabus but isn't a postgraduate expected to know the basics? The education system seems to be corrupted.
Thirdly, how could this lady manage to become the Vice-Principal of a College? Is there no system to monitor and ensure such administrative requirements in Assam?
Fourthly and more importantly, why did the interviewer choose to ask questions related to general knowledge to a candidate? Didn't he have any socially relevant or political questions to ask?
And Partha, highlighting a point that is almost immaterial when other questions as asked above, on a general note, need to be answered is a clear indication to the idea behind this thread. There is much more to it than just being connected to a Muslim or a Congress candidate.
I would also like to mention that this piece of (valuable) information was not covered by any other national newspapers (all appear to be on the side of liberals) other than Ananda Bazaar Patrika and few that are published from Assam only because the matter was in relation to the Panchayat elections and the candidate is contesting for a panchayat seat. Let us be frank in admitting that the level of most of our panchayat members, across the country, is more or less the same.
Iblima Sultana, even if she wins (due to the majority of the voters of that area being from her community), it won't be, in any way, deciding the fate of our nation or even the State.
'Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance' - Confucious.