• A day in the life of an AAP worker

    The Aam Aadmi Party, despite being a newbie, is known for its aggressive style of campaigning. The writer spends a day with one of the foot soldiers of the AAP in Bangalore to understand the method behind the madness.

    Standing near a temple in NR Colony in Bangalore, Sitaram is about to move to the next lane to distribute more of the Aam Aadmi Party pamphlets as he is approached by a young boy requesting him for one of the party topis. The boy returns to playing cricket, disappointed, as Sitaram has exhausted all the caps. The party activist is more dejected than the kid, who forgets about the cap and returns to a park, where his friends await him. He is now happy walloping a cricket ball over the park.

    Sitaram begins his day by holding an AAP placard at major traffic signals, generally from 8 to 11 am, in different wards of Basavangudi in the south Bangalore constituency, his place of assignment. The placard carries a photo of Nina Nayak, AAP's candidate from the south Bangalore constituency, a plea to vote for her and the AAP symbol - jhaadu (a broom).

    Holding placards, distributing pamphlets are some of the campaigning activities that the AAP foot soldiers are involved in. But is distributing AAP

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  • 30 smart ideas from BJP’s manifesto 2014

    Sunny Narang, a New Delhi based entrepreneur-mentor who is invested in sporting talent, craft and design culls out what he calls some ‘smart ideas’ from the BJP manifesto. His core assessment is that they have left no sector or interest group untouched.

     

    30 smart ideas from BJP’s manifesto 2014

     

    Why a manifesto makes sense

    Everyone is promising a utopian future on paper, in a text document which can be copy-pasted from anywhere in the world. Many now believe it is anachronistic to talk of manifestos in the digital age. But it still makes sense to get an idea of what is the general and detailed drift of a political party.

    What is its top-line thinking on policy concerning various issues and on sections of the republic? It is also essential now to hold each party to the spirit and letter of its promises nationally, regionally and locally.

    My basis for choosing these 30 ideas as smart

    The manufacturing output declined 0.2 per cent in 2013/2014 compared with 1.1 per cent growth the previous year, dragging down the overall economy. There is a huge youth population that needs employment. There are falling water tables, polluted rivers, land issues, stagnant agriculture, vanishing craftspeople, and loss of cultural diversity.

    Reading through the BJP manifesto actually surprised me

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  • Why Narendra Modi should not be PM

    Do we want a prime minister against whom there are multiple allegations of violation of human rights, of actively sanctioning a religious massacre? Do we want someone as PM whose antipathy towards a certain community has been documented widely.

    They say 'change' is the only constant. And 'change' is precisely what happened to Narendra Modi.
     
    Ten years back, it would have been unimaginable to even suggest Narendra Modi's name as a prime ministerial candidate. Now, thanks to an image makeover that he owes to a seemingly vibrant Gujarat and a corrupt central government, Modi is the foremost candidate to lead the country.
     
    No other politician in independent India has been demonised as much as Modi, but one has to concede that his resilience – stubbornness, if you will - is what has helped him tide over the massive criticism that he invoked after the Godhra carnage. The genocide remains a blemish that threatens to cast a pall of gloom over his campaign.
     
    In a way, it has not been so much a change as it has been a reversal of polarity. Modi was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the immediate aftermath of the Gujarat riots. Ten years hence, he remains in the limelight - a hugely popular, engaging, irritating figure on

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  • Welding a boot to a hatchback to build a sub-4 metre sedan and the subsequent design disaster is nothing new to us. But, hey, look at the new Hyundai Xcent. Despite being a sub-4 metre variant of the GRAND i10 hatchback, the Xcent flaunts a well-sculpted body that makes it arguably the best-looking sub-4 metre sedan as yet.

    Design

    One has to admit that achieving a well-proportionate sub-4 metre design out of a hatchback is no easy matter. That said, designers at Hyundai have done a wonderful job of seamlessly adding a boot to the GRAND i10. Inevitably, the Xcent is identical to the hatchback till the B-pillar. The roofline then blends beautifully into the boot with the help of slightly reworked rear window. Though not an eyesore, the rear profile is rather bland and doesn’t gel flawlessly with the rest of the car. Top variants get 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels that give the sedan a slightly beefier stance.
    As far as the dimensions go, the Xcent shares the hatchback’s 2,425mm

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  • Would I trust my money with this candidate?

    Dr. Trilochan Sastry looks at the link between you, your government and this election.

    Dr. Trilochan Sastry, chairman and founder of the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), blogs for Yahoo on Elections 2014. ADR’s work in strengthening democracy includes pioneering legal cases that made it mandatory for all election candidates to file affidavits and make public their earnings.

    This is the first of a series of blogs that will continue through April. Dr Sastry’s blogs will look at everything from one prism – the link between you, your government and this election.

    Today, take a look at the link between your hard-earned cash and these elections.


    How the new government will affect your family life

    The government plans to spend Rs 17,63,000 crore of our money in 2014-15 per the budget tabled by the Finance Minister in Parliament. Most of us can’t even imagine what this amount of money is. It translates into a little over Rs 14,500 per person each year, or nearly Rs 75,000 per family per year. If a government lasts five years, this translates into nearly Rs 3.75 lakh per

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  • Kejriwal provokes, Modi reacts; AAP wins small battle

    Modi's delayed, yet, direct attack shows the BJP's prime ministerial candidate has finally accepted that the AAP can create a few hurdles for the BJP in the general elections.

    As Arvind Kejriwal turned 49, he earned a moniker, 'AK49' from his supporters. The moniker was given out of reverence for his feat of thumping the invincible Sheila Dixit in the Delhi assembly elections last year and also his 'audacity' to take on the political heavyweights on the issues of corruption and price rise.

    Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, too, addressed Kejriwal as 'AK49' recently. It was not out of respect, but a jibe. Modi alleged the Aam Aadmi Party leader was an 'agent of Pakistan'. Modi's attack on Kejriwal comes after the AAP leader's consistent and direct allegations of crony capitalism, Gujarat government forcibly seizing lands from farmers, and also fake development claims in the state.
     
    Modi's delayed, yet, direct attack shows the BJP's prime ministerial candidate has finally accepted that the AAP can create a few hurdles for the BJP in the general elections. Earlier, Modi's nonchalance towards Kejriwal's no-holds-barred attack on

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  • A boy saves a girl from falling prey to the dishonorable intentions of a perverted boyfriend who wants to rape her. The boy then falls hopelessly in love with the girl, but her father is opposed to the relationship as he wants her to marry a boy of his choice. The synopsis may well classify Shravani Subramanya as run-of-the-mill cinema, but the makers have included a few twists in the plot to ensure the story doesn't devolve into banality.

    Amoolya, making a comeback after a hiatus, does justice to her role of 'Shravani', a vulnerable teenager. Having debuted as a child artiste in the early 2000s, Amoolya makes a good pair with Golden Star Ganesh. The pair had last starred in the runaway 2007 hit Cheluvina Chittara. Shravani comes across as gullible and confused, one who has to choose between her love interest and her family. This choice confronts her twice and both times she recourses to ending her life as an outlet.

    Ganesh's Subramanya saves Shravani's life and honour after she has

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  • The previous generation Hyundai Santa Fe was a quietly sedate and remarkably practical SUV, but it wasn’t a dreamboat that you looked cool in.  Now, as with its younger siblings, the Santa Fe has undergone a drastic makeover that earns it a rightful place among the best-looking crossover SUVs in the market. It raises the bar even further with impressive performance, go-anywhere capability, state-of-the-art interiors and the amount of kit the car gets as standard.

    Design

    The new Santa Fe embodies ‘storm edge’ design concept, which is an evolution of the fluidic sculpture philosophy. The magnificent three-bar hexagonal front grille is certainly in vogue in contemporary automotive design. HID LED headlamps with trendy daytime running lights further enhance the visual impact. Dual tone skid plates add to the sportiness, too.

    Side profile is equally impressive with 18-inch 2-tone Diamond Cut alloy wheels, muscular wheel arches, clean lines and roof rails. The rear design is congruous with

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  • Alok Nath happy to bless the AAP.

    At a time when celebrities and people from all walks of life are queuing to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the party itself has shown eagerness to be associated in some way or the other with the saint-like popular TV soap actor Alok Nath.

    AAP, which has become talk of the town after its recent unexpected success in Delhi assembly elections, made the surprising announcement in a press conference that shocked the entire country. Addressing the press, AAP chief and the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal said, "AAP was formed to clean the political system. But we must first clean ourselves and then think of cleaning others. Alok Nath ji is undoubtedly the most respected person in the country and an association with a revered figure like him will further boost our clean image."

    Kejriwal added that it will be AAP's 'honour' if the party becomes 'a part of Alok Nath' rather than the actor joining the party. Delhi CM said, "How can Alok Nath ji join us? Who are we? He is humility personified

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  • Rahul Gandhi's interview to a leading TV channel saw his 'popularity' charts soaring throughout the country. The Gandhi scion, for whom it was a first interview in almost ten years, has become an inspiration to school students who regularly flunk their exams.

    While statements like "We need to empower the youth" and "RTI is a major achievement of the UPA government" have become buzz words among students,  "women's empowerment" has become a raging topic for discussion across schools, where kids seem to have discovered new phrases to decorate their exam papers with.
     
    Raju, a Class VII student who didn't watch the live interview, but caught five reruns of the same later, says he honestly hadn't heard of Rahul Gandhi, but now genuinely wants him to become India's next prime minister. Someone who adds to a student's dictionary of 'useful phrases and funds', after all, cannot be taken lightly.
     
    "Rahul has given us a set of new and useful points which we can write in exams, especially at times

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