10 Political Characters: For the People

first_imgDev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and,Dev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and say: “Indira tere subah ki jai, teri shaam ki jai, tere kaam ki jai, tere naam ki jai.” This roly-poly Congress president soon caught the party’s imagination with his literary fervour and elevated himself to a master spokesman, defending the Emergency in a passionate, if somewhat convoluted fashion: “The Emergency has not only cut to size the forces of right reaction and left adventurism, but it has galvanised the masses for establishment of popular democracy…”With “Indira is India…”, the man not only provided a vulnerable prime minister with an everlasting branding solution but in the process, also spelt out the unofficial mantra of survival in Indian politics, better called sycophancy. After Mrs Gandhi lost the 1977 elections, however, the man kept his distance from her.Raj NarainIn today’s 24×7 times, none could have been a more footage-grabbing politician than this unpredictable, anti-Right, anti-Left, bandana-sporting socialist. In those days of almost unipolar politics, this poster boy of the Opposition challenged prime minister Indira Gandhi’s election. The iron lady trembled and imposed the infamous Emergency. The man turned to legend by defeating her in her home turf in the 1977 elections.From a berth in the Opposition to a Cabinet berth in the Janata Party, he was soon the Opposition within the party. Once a wrestler and then an opportunist with Charan Singh, they staked their claim to power by pleading to his arch rival for outside support. That naive coalition, too, failed when Mrs Gandhi withdrew support and in less than a year the party was over. Such were the early experiments of coalition politics. The Nana Patekar of Indian politics ended his career playing the lead role of Manu in a devotional Hindi film. Troublemaker, party-breaker, known for his ever-ready quip, yet a voice to reckon with in Indian politics. If only television had arrived earlier.advertisementSanjay GandhiAfter his mother had abolished privy purses and the princes, the men of silk were reduced to men of cotton. Our man emerged as the New Indian Prince clad in cotton. “The Indian youth are lily-livered. They have no guts?” Charged with a vision and padded with heritage, he was modern India’s original Angry Young Man. With a Vivekananda-ish sense of mission to electrify Indian youth and a Stalin’s muscle, he was the face of Indian entrepreneurship with his Maruti dream, which came at a time when his mother was fast pushing the socialist envelope. His five-point programme that included controlling the nation’s birth rate through sterilisation camps or transforming Delhi into Paris gripped the urban middle class with shock and awe. An eternal weakness of an Indian mother, he was a parallel one-man government with only followers of his own kind. A permanent prince in public memory, he is still remembered in street conversations during any national crisis. What-if-he-was-alive?V.C. ShuklaIn the 70’s, he was a supreme commando of the Sanjay brigade. The minister of Information and Broadcasting during the Emergency, he was Mr Scissorhands Shukla. The loyal Congressman ensured effective press censorship for the larger cause of nation-building. “Censorship was done under a provision normally used during difficult times… But everything settled down when people knew what they were supposed to do.” That the press surely did. As the press bent, crawled or shut its trap, the minister smiled. Instrumental in destroying the film negatives of a political satire Kissa Kursi Ka and instituting a ban on Kishore Kumar songs for ‘lack of cooperation’, he promoted himself to a desi Goebbels. When the Opposition organised one of the biggest rallies after the Emergency was lifted, the man once again used the state-run Doordarshan with his genius. He telecast a recent blockbuster Bobby. The teen sensations of Rishi Kapoor and sweet Dimple Kapadia were used to keep Delhi commoners away from the Opposition’s microphone. Pure media innovation, before the age of TRPs. In modern times, during the brief, non-dynastic days of the Congress, the man transformed into the shrewd survivor of Raipur. Always in the winning team, he was elastic enough to be in power across political colours, including his once enemy BJP. Like every good Congressman, he recently returned home.N.T. Rama RaoNandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was Telugu cinema’s wild card entry into Indian politics. After playing God or a mythological hero in 292 films, the showman travelled across the state on his ‘Chaitanya Ratham’, invoking Telugu pride and staking his claim to power. In his first term as chief minister, he often attended office in a Vivekananda costume, officially introducing fancy-dress into Indian politics. In the national elections of 1984, when the Congress swept the nation with a sympathy wave, it found little comfort in the superstar’s territory. Diminishing the difference between a fanbase and a votebase, Telugu Desam had then elevated itself to the main Opposition party in Parliament. With his promise of delivering rice at Rs 2 a kilo to the poor (till date, a salient feature of election manifestoes across party lines), ensuring equal property rights for women and reigniting the strength of regional politics, N.T. Rama Rao was the last larger-than-life living cut-out, permanent on the Andhra mindscape.advertisementJyoti BasuStretching his political careers well into the ’90s along with EMS Namboodripad and Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Jyoti Basu completed the trio of immortal Indian Marxists. The barrister from Oxford began his politics organising industrial trade unions and fighting for landless peasants. In a long political career of seven decades, this eternal chief minister forever convinced his people that Karl Marx was a Bengali with a European accent.With official support of the Politburo and the unofficial support of the state’s Marwari traders, this Test-playing Marxist charted the career of the desi Left that included removal of English from primary schools, resistance to bourgeois poets like Tagore being taught in schools, tacitly supporting trade union offices, opposing the use of computers and ensuring a disciplined cadre-based party across the state. His successive terms followed a demarcated diktat of dual governance; for the rural electorate it was D for Development and in the industrial or the urban space it was D for Decay. As his successor once admitted, words like ‘bandh’ and ‘gherao’ were their contributions to the English dictionary. Basu was B for Bhadralok, A for Astute, S for Secular and U for Unused in Central politics. He was one of the best prime ministers India never had.Amar SinghHe was a middle class Calcuttan before he became a thakur from Uttar Pradesh. He was a Congressman before he became a Samajwadi. A politician before he became a kingmaker. And a media darling before he disappeared. This Rolex-sporting rookie burst on the political canvas with style, interestingly when the texture was changing from single party to coalition. The timing couldn’t have been better.Coalition, television, PR-the essentials of modern politics were at his command. Always on the television screen, always in every political crisis, always on the phone, he was always at work; role playing either as victim or a victor. In contemporary politics, he was the original Page-3 politician. Irrespective of 1G, 2G or 3G, he was always the man with the strongest network.Uma BhartiFrom the plains of central India emerged this raw talent, a fierce voice of the Saffron Gharana. A fearless orator igniting a self-righteous pride in her masses through her pravachans, she was Team Hindutva’s live media. It is this skill that opened for her the doors of BJP headquarters. Her speeches alone brought thousands of kar sevaks to Ayodhya’s disputed site. When the thousands got on to the Babri dome, she is reported to have said, “Ek dhakka aur do?” something she vehemently denied post-demolition.advertisementDuring the NDA regime, with the BJP in two minds over a hardline Hindu stand or a party with a liberal face, her politics was comfortable for the party to play footsie with. After their defeat in the 2004 elections, this lady of steel rebelled against the BJP’s neo-liberal, polished politics and walked out of the party meeting live on television, leaving the party leaders frozen and embarrassed. In days much before Big Boss arrived, she was the Dolly Bindra of the BJP House. When expelled, she claimed “I am the real BJP.”Pranab MukherjeeFrom the debonair, pipe-smoking man of numbers and a trusted man of the Indira Gandhi Cabinet, it has been one rocky journey for this Bengali veteran. The dark years that followed came as a surprise for a career only destined to peak. But he stuck to his wicket and secured his loyal ties with the sincerity of his intentions, reappearing as the quintessential Krishna of the UPA.Now a seasoned politician and a shrewd strategist, this wry negotiator officially looks after the unofficial portfolio of UPA Crisis Management. It is observed that this disciplined democrat’s day is usually spent managing alliances, stalemates, personal and party egos and other disciplines of coalition politics. In the few moments with the self, he looks after the financial health of the nation. Though he missed the bus to 7 Race Course Road, Rashtrapati Bhavan could be round the corner.Mera BetaAcross party lines, it is dynastic ambition (however big or small) that drives this nation’s politics. A fresh face, a new sun, emerging India and the usual rhetoric and more of the political pulp. Travelling across the countryside in choppers or SUVs or even Ambassadors, they are usually attired in a khadi stereotype; they smile, they wave, they walk stereotype and once given the microphone they even talk stereotype. For the people, however, they are a life-changing experience. Generation after generation, they are the nation’s four letter word-hope.- Vishwajyoti Ghosh is the author of graphic novel, Delhi Calmlast_img read more

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UAAP men’s volleyball: UST ends campaign on high note, La Salle trumps UP

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UAAP volleyball: UST still alive for twice-to-beat after thumping NU In the first game, De La Salle finished at no. 6 after turning back University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 15-11.The Green Archers have the same record as UST’s at 5-9 but finished with just 13 points.Cris Dumago ended his collegiate career with 23 points while Billie Anima had 22 for the Green Archers.The Fighting Maroons ended the season as the lowest-ranked team with a 1-12 record.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas finished off its campaign with a four-set beating of University of the East, 25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Tiger Spikers missed the Final Four and wrapped up their season at no. 5 with a 5-9 card with 18 points as they bid goodbye to graduating players Timothy Tajanlangit, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Jireh Buro, and Tyrone Carodan.Skipper Manuel Medina led UST with 14 points as five other Tiger Spikers scored in double figures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJaron Requinton finished with 13 points while Sumagaysay and Hernel Corda added 12 points apiece with Joshua Umandal pitching in 10.The Red Warriors finished the season at 2-12 for the seventh seed. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Groningen’s Veldwijk in trouble after exposing genitals

first_imgEredivisie Groningen’s Veldwijk in trouble after exposing genitals on camera 21:57 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lars Veldwijk Getty Eredivisie Groningen The South Africa international is in further hot water with the club after his name hit the headlines for the wrong reasons Groningen’s Lars Veldwijk is in trouble with his club after footage emerged online of the striker exposing his genitals.Veldwijk’s girlfriend Monica Geuze, an avid vlogger with a following of over 400,000 subscribers, had been filming for her YouTube channel when the 26-year-old ‘pranked’ his partner, with the footage having been accidentally released before being deleted.In terms of punishment, Veldwijk had already been relegated to the club’s youth team due to refusing to be substituted back in February, meaning a fine looks like the most likely course of action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Groningen director Hans Nijland spoke to Dagblad van het Noorden about the incident: “I can be very clear about this, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how Lars ended up in the newspapers this week.“It’s so annoying and unnecessary that this happens.”In November, Veldwijk and Geuze had already made headlines after escaping an armed robbery at a casino in Amsterdam.“Especially around that guy, you just want everything to be quiet,” Nijland added.“Professional players should be an example for other people, so this really doesn’t help. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but I don’t understand anything about vlogging.“It’s very unwise of him to show himself like that in those vlogs.“We already spoke to him about it and we told him how irritating this is to us. And, even though we understand that he did this in his private time, we still want our players to be professionals off the pitch.”last_img read more

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Andy Roddick Brooklyn Decker Attend Think It Up Live Pitch Competition For

first_imgThink It Up, the new initiative from the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), joined Brooklyn Decker, Andy Roddick, Austin officials including Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, and hundreds of local students and teachers on March 10th during SXSWedu for the second in a national series of Think It Up Live pitch competitions.Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker at EIF’s Think It Up Live EventCredit/Copyright: Rick Kern, 2016 Getty ImagesAlongside a panel and booth activation on-site at SXSWedu, the live pitch event was designed to empower students, celebrate teachers and build optimism about what’s possible in America’s classrooms. The event drew students and teachers from 24 traditional district and public charter schools in Austin.Think It Up Live Brings Spirit of SXSW to Local Austin Students and Teachers
At Think It Up Live, student-teacher teams across Austin came together to pitch VIP judges and Austin-based husband/wife couple Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker on their innovative learning ideas. Roddick, the founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation and retired tennis star, and well-known “Grace and Frankie” actress Decker, listened as students put their best ideas forward at this science fair-meets “shark tank”-type event designed to promote empowered, engaged learning.The winning team was selected from a group of 50 teams and came from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and received $1,000 to fund their project, which created a produce spoilage tracker to reduce food waste. All participating teams received $100 in funding credits to kick-start their projects.All funding credits are applied once teachers will post projects at ThinkItUp.org – a first-of-its-kind platform available to all public school students and educators (grades 7-12) in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the popular teacher crowd-funding charity. To help bring to life more student-powered, teacher-led projects, Think It Up covers half each of each proposals total cost by EIF’s supporters, including Ashoka’s Start Empathy initiative, ExxonMobil and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with the rest raised through crowd-funding.The event follows the success of EIF’s inaugural Think It Up telecast that aired in September, and first Think It Up Live event in Denver held in December.Think it Up Debuts at SXSWedu
To spread awareness among education innovators, Think It Up participated in its first panel and expo at Austin’s SXSWedu conference. The “Think Rethink: Crowdsourcing Innovation Panel” on March 8th featured Creative Artists Agency Chief Innovation Officer Michelle Kydd Lee as moderator of a discussion featuring Jennifer Golub from MAL/FOR GOOD and Hillary Moglen from XQ: The Super School and Mike Marriner for Road Trip Nation. The panel discussed the power of crowdsourcing to generate ideas, including how each organization defines the crowd and why is it important to bring broader, mainstream cultural attention to education in the United States.At the SXSWedu convention center, the Think It Up booth brought the pitch competition to the expo, bringing to life the initiative’s excitement for learning by inviting visitors to submit an idea to bring their learning in the classroom to life.last_img read more

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Last Cabinet Meeting Drones too expensive says Independent Candidate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 6, 2016 – Tomorrow December 7 is the final meeting of Cabinet until after the 2016 General Elections and in the previous sitting; much was discussed including testing for drone surveillance.‘The War Room’ host and independent candidate running at large, Jasmin Walkin said the cost of introducing drones is underestimated by the Premier.“These are numbers that I’ve found on several websites regarding surveillance and border control drones. Those drones can cause from twenty-five hundred to thirty-five hundred per flight, what do I mean by that, that’s not the cost of the purchasing of the drones, that is the operational cost per hour. An average of a few thousand dollars per flight hour, and we’re asking for 24 hours surveillance. The daily operational cost of one drone, could be seventy-two thousand dollars, by twelve hours per day, we’re looking at thirty-six thousand dollars. The total cost of one operational surveillance drone, will be twenty-six million, two hundred and eighty thousand dollars.”Tonight, most of the independent candidates appear on Digicel Network Ch2 in a national debate moderated by Kenrick Walters and Sabrina Parker. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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