There are two spheres of politics being played out in India. One is patronage, and the second, aspirational. During the just concluded Karnataka assembly elections, both were seen. More and more people are waking up to the aspirational one.
Put two young spirited celebrities together with an articulate MP and discuss elections and you are going to get a good conversation. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Nicole Faria, Michelle Patrao and I had a half hour chat on May 2nd, webcast at rajeev.in.
At a time when some observers believe that Aravind Limbavali, the sitting BJP MLA, is bound to win the Mahadevapura seat that comprises a massive area from Whitefield-Kadugodi to Sarjapur Road, A C Srinivas (Congress) is positioning himself as Mr Clean.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar says he wants the voters to be aware of the real direction required for Bangalore, about the positions of the MLA candidate and political parties, about the real reforms required in city governance
When it comes to adequate, planned housing for the poor in Bengaluru, the government offers little land and lesser money. But when it comes to SEZs, hotels, layouts and apartments, there is always land available. Part II of the series.
In the first of a three-part series on what will happen to Bengaluru after the elections-2013, Subramaniam Vincent reflects on how Bengaluru was put on developmental steroids and pushed onto the sky like a shining saucer.
In a candid conversation, Lok Satta party leader Jayaprakash Narayan, as he shares his thoughts on the chances for his candidates in the Karnataka elections, as well as for an overall reform movement in Indian politics.
His approach seems to make the very essence of one key aspect democracies worldwide — political parties – standup on its head. The founder of Nav Bharat says his organisation is going candidate-centric to make crooks lose elections.
At a time of scams and crisis, one of Bengaluru’s well known personalities says, ours is a great city. Really? Let’s find out. Meet Mohandas Pai, Vijay Thiruvady, Prakash Belawadi and Pawan Kumar this Saturday at 12 noon at the Bengaluru Book Festival, Palace Grounds.
‘Segregate’ is all over the media now, on radio, newspapers, magazine, TV, blogs, and the social media. It is also in all of the city government’s (BBMP) recent communications on getting the city out of the mess.
Plenty of SMSes zipped around the many vibrant social networks in Bengaluru on March 8th. But is Women’s Day a big farce? Shanti Subbaraman, the woman entrepreneur who has ‘been there, done it’ in startup city, speaks up.