Blog Posts by Amrut Thobbi

  • 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, 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 his 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 by now has forgotten about the cap and is 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 caps also a way of promotion?

    "Yes, it is. We have given away

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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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  • Movie review: Shravani Subramanya

    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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  • Aam Aadmi Party set to join Alok Nath

    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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  • In a major setback for the Samajwadi Party, the criminals in Uttar Pradesh have vowed to never vote for Mulayam Singh Yadav in future as his party officially bought rights to Billy Joel's hit song, 'We didn't start the fire' instead of stealing it proudly.

    Speaking to media, Bullet Babu, a popular mafia gangster lamented that this was a perfect opportunity for the party to gain international fame but blew it away meaninglessly by officially buying a song's rights, a concept for them unheard of.

    Bullet Babu feels the party is doing this just to boost its image ahead of the elections and not worried about the pride of criminals in the state. Bullet compares this move to the party giving free laptops to students - as part of a scheme launched by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2012 - and termed it as yet another 'popular move'.
    Mulayam persuading criminals that he didn't mean to hurt their feelings.
    "Free laptops for students!" Bullet lost his cool as he pointed at yet another 'administrative failure' of SP. "Do they know how much effort it takes to steal

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  • The cricket officials have taken the idea of honouring the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar –playing his final Test match for India – to a bizarre new level.  A man was promptly asked to leave the Wankhede stadium for not cheering the Indian batting great on day one of the second Test match between India and West Indies.

    The security officials caught the fan on one of the cameras not cheering Tendulkar for five minutes during the day’s play. The officials said a few cameras were installed for the special occasion of Tendulkar’s 200th Test, only to catch such ‘culprits’.

    “We wanted to ensure every Indian in the stadium cheers for the batting maestro,”said one of the security officials. “If anyone is caught not expressing support to Tendulkar, then he or she will be asked to leave as we consider such people to be a threat to the overall lively atmosphere in the stadium. Their nonchalance might spread to others and eventually will kill the great occasion.”

    The man evicted from the stadium,

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  • In a move that might bewilder the critics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) more than ever, the board has decided to scrap the second and the final Test against the West Indies and consider sending the Indian team to South Africa to ensure Sachin Tendulkar bats in both the innings of a Test match.

    The strange decision was taken by the board's working committee which was under pressure by the BCCI to arrange a series in a country where the Indian batting legend gets a guaranteed time to bat.  Hence the committee decided to consider South Africa for Tendulkar's farewell series where, traditionally, except him the rest of the batting line-up has fallen like a pack of cards.

    A source close to the board said, "Since the Indian batting is playing so well against a relatively weaker team like the West Indies at home, Tendulkar didn't get a chance to bat in the second innings as the first match ended in just three days. If it happens again, it will be quite embarrassing for the

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  • Call it the height of sycophancy or passionate following of their beloved leader. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have written a letter to Lord Indra, the God of heavens, urging him to give Narendra Modi a place in heaven!

    The BJP leaders, reportedly are worried that Modi's chances of getting a place in heaven will be thwarted by rival political leaders, some of whom recently wrote to the United States of America (USA) president Barack Obama, pleading him to not to give a visa to the Gujarat chief minister.

    The letter, reportedly signed by 12 party leaders, was a knee-jerk reaction to zealous activities by the anti-Modi camps. "Modi's detractors can go to any extent to make his life hell on earth and even after death. Hence, we are taking every measure to ensure Narendrabhai's path to glory and bliss is not ruined by anyone," said one of the leaders who signed the letter on condition of anonymity.

    The letter, later leaked in the media, read,"Dear Lord, We are writing to request you

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  • Narendra Modi making the announcement that shocked the media.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi dropped a bombshell as he announced his exit from the prime ministerial race leaving both his supporters and opponents stunned. The out of the blue decision of the Gujarat chief minister has left the BJP's political opponents Congress in a tizzy as they now don't know whom to attack in the run-up to the upcoming general elections in 2014.

    Modi, when asked about reasons for his surprising move, said he is just not satisfied by Gujarat's development and he wants the state to become more prosperous than the United States of America and Europe combined, and it will be only then that he will be mentally ready to pursue the bigger role.

    Despite its top performing chief minister quitting the PM race, the BJP heaved a sigh of relief as it feels it can now attack Congress without any fear of any retaliation. A BJP spokesperson said that the party at present can relax and not worry about being accused of being communal. "The BJP can now go all out

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