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possibility of misuse.Besides it could also be used to influence voters There are other implications of this provision too that need to be taken into account For example it would take Indian political activity overseas as political parties and individual politicians seek to gather support from the overseas electorate To look into that the Election Commission had formed a committee to examine the options for voting by overseas electors The committee held a series of consultations including with political parties and civil society groups It considered various options includingthe e-postal ballot The e-ballot would entail an electronic transfer of the ballot paper to the registered voter to be marked by the voter and returned through post to areturning officer The electronic transfer of the ballot paper would maintain the secrecy of the vote and avoid any manipulation or misrepresentation that could take place with a proxy The government however has to bring a bill to amend the Representation of the People Act to allow for proxy voting for NRIs NDA is not firstat offering voting rights to NRIs The demand for voting rights originally arose among Indians living in the Gulf countries Indians in the Gulf were mainly on limited term work visas; they were more closely linked to politics and developments in their home states through regular tripsto home and frequent political visitors Later the demand was taken up by NRIs in the US Canada and several other countries Overseas Indians are well-off they are wooed by successive governments in search for investments and get their demands heard and attended to without much effort The Representation of People Act was amended in 2010 during the UPA government to allow NRIs to register for inclusion in the electoral rolls and vote in the elections But the facility did not satisfy the non-resident community because of the need to be physically present to vote Few overseas Indians were ready to fly back to India merely to exercise their franchise Minister of State Ministry of External Affairs General VK Singh in a statement in the Rajya Sabha said that 11846 non-resident Indians had enrolled as overseas electors And about 12000 overseas Indians actually voted in the 2014 General Elections to Lok Sabha An elector who takes the trouble to enroll as a voter and then personally marks the ballot makes a greater investment in the voting process than one who delegates it to a proxy Neither is the proxy as deeply involved in the voter’s intent as the voter On the other hand overseas Indians are not familiar with the politics and developments in their constituencies and are likely to be influenced by their proxies The ills of proxy voting have often been evident in corporate battles where proxy voting is allowed Some countries such as Canada allow proxy voting in a few provinces The UK allows proxy voting for British expatriates and even for those going away for work or leisure But in other countries such as Albinia and Algeria it has been used to disenfranchise sections of voters mainly women by using proxies to vote in their place Published: April 8 2014 11:22 pm Related News The basement walls of Art Heritage gallery are a storyboard Like age-old murals the acrylic sheets on display tell strange stories of yore — distorted images of men and women amid “Hanumans” and “Satis” along with a “Madonna” who appears time and again with lotuses and monkeys Straight out of Vadodara-based “artist-storyteller” KG Subramanyan’s drawing book these paintings comprise his latest solo at Triveni Kala Sangam titled “New Works of KG Subramanyan” on his 90th birth anniversary The exhibition comprising 90 works takes visitors through a continuation of his oeuvre that spans over 70 years “My work is an ongoing process” says Subramanyan over the phone from Vadodara The Padma Vibhushan awardee didn’t make it to the Delhi opening “Nothing is pre-planned I paint not for the world or the market but for myself” he says Indeed the intense colourist in him remerges with the exhibition The doodle-like images stand out in stark contrasts of hues — bold blacks greens and reds dominate the drawing boards Hanuman I and II shows monkeys suspended in time and age engaged in a wordless dialogue with each other Couple shows a man and a woman looking ahead in wordless animation Even as one wonders if the artist who is popular for his remarkable murals across the country is indeed trying to tell a story through his mute characters he replies “I’m always telling a story mostly about myself Even if I recreate old stories I give them a personalised treatment” One of the pioneers of modern Indian art Subramanyan is known for his engagement with diverse mediums — paper board canvas reverse acrylic sheets terracotta plates and even wooden toys Having started painting as a vocation at the age of 20 the artist has extended his love for storytelling from painting and creating murals to writing and creating illustrations for children’s books His last one The Tale of the Talking Face (Seagull Books) a parable illustrating the story of a princess whose autocratic rule brought suffering to her people came out in 1998 “I want to make more” he says almost with a sigh “but I’m getting too old I haven’t written any story for some time now and I have no immediately plans” The 90-year-old’s artistic growth apart from brief stints in London and New York straddles three states — Kerala (where he was born) West Bengal (he studied in Shantiniketan) and Gujarat (Vadodara where he lives and teaches now) One wonders if his diverse identity translates into his art as well “Is there a language closed to itself There isn’t Visual art is open for everyone And I don’t have a style I have a language” he says The artist has also had four retrospectives in his lifetime the most recent was in 2003 at National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi and even though he’s far from being “done” he thinks they are necessary “From time to time one should always look back” he says even as he toys with the idea of a retrospective celebrating his centenary year with a snigger “I don’t know but if there’s a sizeable body maybe it will happen” he says The year-long travelling exhibition organised by Seagull Foundation for the Arts Kolkata originally opened in Vadodara after Subramayan’s birthday this year It will travel to Chandigarh Jaipur Hyderabad Bangalore Kochi Chennai Mumbai and Kolkata ending at Shantiniketan in February 2015 when he turns 91 “New Works of KG Subramanyan” is on at Triveni Kala Sangam 205 Tansen Marg Mandi House till April 20 Contact 23719470 For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express AppWritten by Press Trust Of India | Noida | Published: March 13 2013 3:01 am Top News David Howellwho once bested Tiger Wood enroute to winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2006is back for the fourth edition of the Avantha Masters within weeks of playing the inaugural Golf Premier League last month Howell has been to India for each of the four previous stagings of European Tour events in Indiaincluding the last three Avantha Masters “I’ve always enjoyed playing in India You see some sights and sounds which you’re not used to seeing back home in Europeso it really opens your eyes” said Howell Speaking of golf in Indiathe 37-year-old Englishman said”I was out here two or three weeks ago for Shiv (Kapur)’s tournamentwhich was played up near Mumbai It was a lot of fun to do something a bit differentand hopefully the concept takes off It was a 14-holeday/night team eventand it’s got real potential” “There is talent in India and you can a lot of young talent coming up” he added Howell has not tasted victory since 2006though he came close a few times “I’m really looking forward to it I’ve had one week off since playing in South Africaspent a bit of time with the family and did a bit of practice I’m in a good run of formso I come into the week in confident mood” Slowly but steadilyHowell has been getting back into the rhythm that once made him a Ryder Cup player back in 2004 and also won titles in DubaiShanghai and the BMW International “I’ve been playing consistently for the past year nowand I have to give my new coach (Jonathan Wallet) a lot of credit for that He’s got me to see things a bit differentlyand I’ve worked differently over the past 12 months than I had the previous for our five years It’s paid dividends” he said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 10 2013 1:18 am Related News Returning to the ground after a well-deserved two months breakcaptain of the Indian hockey team Sardar Singh feels fitness will be key to their success in the World League semifinals to be held at RotterdamNetherlands from June 13 to 23 After a much-needed restthe Indian hockey players have assembled at Bangalore to kick-start their preparations for the forthcoming FIH Hockey World League semifinals “The break was a must as we have played continuously for past few months Hockey India League was a long tournament where a lot of travelling was involved This was a well-deserved break and now we are ready to face challenges ahead” Sardar told PTI Bhasha “We will face top teams like NetherlandsAustralia and Spain and to match them in speedwe have to work really hard on fitness We have to improve several aspects of our game” India will play Australiahost NetherlandsSpainNew Zealand and Ireland in the first semifinal of the World League The other semifinal will be played in Johor Bahru Malaysia from June 29 to July 7 where GermanyArgentinaMalaysiaEnglandSouth AfricaKorea and Pakistan will compete Sardar said the 34 playerswho have been called for the national camp in Bangaloreare fully fit and raring to go “Some seniors including me were given a long break but those who were a part of the Azlan Shah Cup were on rest for a fortnight only Our trainer (Jason Conrath) had advised us to not even touch the stick during the break We are following him and started light exercise and gym sessions in the camp” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ardhra Nair | Published: October 19 2012 1:47 am Related News With the Indian Railways increasing the rates of food items in pantry cars by 25-40 per centpassengers are finding the hike rather unpalatable The new rateswhich came into effect on October 11have been attributed to the increased LPG prices Food plazas had already increased their rates from October 1 This has further increased the fare for trains like RajdhaniShatabdi and Durunto They may have increased the ratesbut there is absolutely no improvement in the quality of food Due to thispeople prefer to visit private food mallswhere the rates are exorbitant?

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download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: October 26,all other proceedings can be conducted from inside the jail itself, SSP of Gautam Buddh Nagar Preetinder Singh said For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThere are a handful of players in the world of sports who don’t get along quite well This might come as a surprise but Indian batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary —who played together for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – cannot stand each other on and off the field In Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) home game against KKRon Wednesday the duo once again appeared to get into a verbal spat Around the 15th over both ignited their bitter relationship when Gambhir was seen arguing with Tiwary While the reason behind the spar is yet to be ascertained it certainly wasn’t a pleasant sight for anyone out there pictwittercom/uEUPtlUoDP — cricket (@cricketfreak19) April 26 2017 This was the second time that both Gambhir and Tiwary were caught having an argument In 2015 they were seen exchanging verbal volleysfor the first time during a Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Bengal in the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium The scene turned out to be an ugly one as umpire Srinath —who was trying to separate the two —had to rush to stop them from hurting themselves To be precise it all happened when Delhi’s Manan Sharma sent Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee back to the pavilion making way for Tiwary who surprisingly came in to bat wearing a cap At that point everybody was calm as the Bengal batsman took guard but suddenly he waved at the dressing room to bring his helmet just when he learned that he would be facing a fast bowler instead However Tiwary’s act did not go well in the opposition camp as the Delhi players felt that it was a deliberate time wasting tactic Sharma and Tiwary entered a mini sledging but Gambhir – who was at first slip – got angered with Tiwary’s time wasting and nearly came to blowswith the Bengal skipper who then retaliated According to PTI things got nasty at the end as Gambhir reportedly said: "Shaam ko mil tujhe maroonga (Meet me in the evening I will hit you) Tiwary retorted saying: "Shaam kya abhi bahar chal (Why wait till evening let’s go out and settle it now") Stavanger (Norway): Former world champion Viswanathan Anand pushed yet again but could not break the solid defences of Anish Giri of Holland and had to settle for a second straight draw in the Norway chess tournament a part of the Grand Chess tour File photo of India’s Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand AFP After allowing an easy draw as white it was Anand’s turn to fight with the black pieces and the Indian ace took his chances when Giri ventured into troubled waters It was a double Fianchetto by Giri in the opening and the Dutchman allowed Anand to come up with an exchange sacrifice to get dangerous passed pawns on the queen side Giri gave his extra material back in time but landed in further troubles in the ensuing rook and pawns endgame On the 44th turn Anand had a better try than in the game as his extra pawn did not prove enough The game was drawn in 53 moves "Today I played a horrible game" said Giri "I did everything to lose but may be just not enough" It turned out to be another tough day for world champion Magnus Carlsen as he lost his second straight game in a row against Fabiano Caruana of Italy After losing on time against Bulgarian Veselin Topalov from a winning position Carlsen could not match the deep preparation and dominating play of Caruana out of a Berlin defense game The Italian was at his best in finding just the right resources and cruised home in the endgame The other three games of the second round ended in draws albeit after interesting fights Veselin Topalov thought he was "pushing for more" against Hikaru Nakamura of United States but the latter wriggled out with his trademark counter-active chess Russia’s Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian of Armenia opened their accounts in the nine-round event with a crazy game that resulted in a peaceful result while in the other game of the day local star Jon Ludvig Hammer had France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the ropes but couldn’t post a win Vachier-Lagrave Topalov Nakamura Giri and Caruana share the lead on 15 points with seven rounds still remaining in the USD 305000 prize money tournament Anand on one point is occupying the sole sixth spot while Grischuk Aronian and Hammer have an identical half a point Carlsen is yet to open his account in the tournament and is currently on the last spot Results round 2: Anish Giri (Ned 15) drew with V Anand (Ind 1); Jon Ludvig Hammer (Nor 05) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra 15); Veselin Topalov (Bul 15) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (Usa 15); Fabiano Caruana (Ita 15) beat Magnus Carlsen (Nor 0); Alexander Grischuk (Rus 05) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm 05) PTI Washington: Michael Flynn President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser held five phone calls with Russia’s ambassador to Washington on the day the United States retaliated for Moscow’s interference in the US presidential election three sources familiar with the matter said The calls occurred between the time the Russian embassy was told about US sanctions and the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had decided against reprisals said the sources They spoke on condition of anonymity citing internal US government deliberations about the issueThe calls raised fresh questions among some US officials about contacts between Trump’s advisers and Russian officials at a time when US intelligence agencies contend that Moscow waged a multifaceted campaign of hacking and other actions to boost Republican Trump’s election chances against Democrat Hillary Clinton On 29 December US President Barack Obama announced he had ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats suspected of being spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking US political groups The administration told Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak an hour before the decision was made public one of the sources said The phone calls between Flynn and Kislyak were first reported by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius A Trump official confirmed one phone conversation between the two men on 29 December and said their understanding was they did not discuss the sanctions The three sources stressed to Reuters that they did not know who initiated the five calls between Flynn a former three-star Army general who headed the US Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama and Kislyak Donald Trump AP Nor did they know the contents of the conversations and declined to say how they learned of themOne source said there was nothing intrinsically odd or wrong about a Russian diplomat speaking to a member of Trump’s team following the US announcement Moscow the source added probably would want to have some sense of what Trump’s team thought about the measures That sentiment was echoed Friday by State Department spokesman Mark Toner "This building doesn’t see anything necessarily inappropriate about contact between members of the incoming administration and foreign officials" Toner said The other two sources however said the timing of the calls raised a question about whether Flynn had given Kislyak any assurances to soothe Russian anger over the US moves If that were the case it would have raised a possible entanglement with the Logan Act The 1799 law bars unauthorised US citizens from negotiating with foreign governments with which the United States has disputes It is aimed at preventing the undermining of official US government positions Alexey Mosin a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington said "The Embassy does not comment on multiple contacts which are carried out on a daily basis with local interlocutors" Flynn raised eyebrows among some US foreign policy veterans when he was pictured sitting at the head table with Putin at a banquet in Moscow in late 2015 celebrating Russia Today an international broadcasting network funded by the Russian government However Flynn has also expressed scepticism about Moscow’s intentions – a view that does not seem to fit Trump’s vision of closer ties with Moscow Classified documents that the heads of four US intelligence agencies presented last week to Trump included unsubstantiated information compiled by a private security firm suggesting Moscow had compromising personal and financial details about Trump Trump called a dossier that contains salacious claims about him in Russia "fake news" and "phony stuff"One of the sources said the US actions "took the Russians by surprise" Russian officials threatened to shutter the Anglo-American School of Moscow the source said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed tit-for-tat expulsions But on 30 December Putin announced that he would not retaliate Trump praised Putin for the decision writing in a Twitter post "Great move on delay (by VPutin) I always knew he was very smart"Trump spokesman Sean Spicer earlier Friday said Flynn and Kislyak had spoken on 28 December the day before Washington announced the expulsions and sanctions But a Trump official acknowledged later in the day that they held one conversation on 29 December about setting up a telephone call between Trump and Putin after Trump’s 20 January inauguration The official who spoke on condition of anonymity was aware of only one phone call between the two that day and did not know if they spoke again since After the 8 November election Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-run Interfax news agency that the Russian government was in touch with members of Trump’s political team during the US election campaign and knew most of his entourage At a news conference on Wednesday Trump declined to answer whether anyone connected to him or the campaign had contact with Moscow during the campaign and said he had no loans or business deals with or in RussiaWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday said it remained unclear whether such a call between Flynn and the Russian ambassador would be objectionable "It depends on what they discussed" Earnest told reporters He said he could not weigh in without knowing the content New Delhi: Indian Railways is working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains more safer Union minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday The minister said that he met Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar few days back and Indian Railways along with RailTel are working together to explore use of space technology for safety in railways “Safety is very pressing and urgent need The discussion which we had was very eye-opening in some sense for me but also very exciting in terms of possibilities that open for engaging with space technologies that Isro has developed helping in bringing safer travel to Indian railways” Goyal said at the India Mobile Congress Representational image Reuters There have been a slew of train derailment incidents last month which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as the railway minister in the Cabinet reshuffle early September Talking about technology at the event Goyal said railways has been an early adopter of computers which could have been also expanded for various operational processes like safety “Way back in 1960s railways started using computers in a small way and by 1985 you had passenger reservations system all computerised I remember banking started using computers in 1990s It was quite an interesting fact for me that in late 1960s railways started using computers I am delighted about that but I do wish we had expanded those frontiers much to bring technology for safety for example” Goyal said He said modern technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to change how the world works and India has opportunity to look at what is latest across the world and bring it to the country “I have asked RailTel to look at a programme to connect thousands of railway stations with wi-fi. we can actually provide the villages around railway stations with wi-fi connectivity and get rural India also connected with new age technology Let’s give them (the) same kind of opportunity that our children in cities are enjoying” Goyal said The minister said that round the clock access of connectivity and electricity is dream of billions of Indians and the government is making efforts to achieve it Written by Sona Bahadur | Published: August 27 2017 12:02 am Paris brest at chef Alexis Gielbaum’s recently opened Slink & Bardot Related News Years ago Paris-based filmmaker and novelist Vijay Singh recalls taking an Indian friend to a dinner at a French friend’s house “When the main dish arrived I turned to him and asked ‘Is the steak okay for you’ He smiled and said ‘Excellent’ A minute later he muttered from behind his napkin ‘Rest is fine it just needs a little chhaunk’” (an Indian mode of tempering to release the flavours of spices) This delightful little anecdote illustrates how differently French and Indians view food At first look (and taste) the two culinary cultures couldn’t be more different French food seeks its inspiration taste and aroma from herbs while Indian food has a clear preference for spices French food is minimalist defined by lightness of taste — just a touch of aromatic herbs here and there as though to extend the naturality of the food Indian cuisine uses an abundance of spices that are stronger in taste and perhaps even appearance The reasons for this could well be ecological People from sun-soaked climates need strong spices while in colder countries a touch of aroma and taste is enough for things to be edible Whether at home or at the restaurant a French meal will have a starter a main course and a dessert Although courses exist in certain cuisines like Bengali the concept is not that common across India A key difference between the two worlds also lies in how sharing food is perceived French eat single portions in an individually plated dish Indians mostly eat family style with shared dishes Indians don’t take time over their meals though the preparation of food takes a long time This is quite the opposite in France where preparation will be faster but time around the table longer With such dissimilar cuisines and cultural attitudes to food it’s not surprising that barring a few exceptions — like Bistro du Parc in New Delhi and the now-closed Zodiac Grill in Mumbai — French eateries have been virtually non-existent in India However there seems to be a new interest in French food thanks to the efforts of a new wave of chefs and restaurateurs Bengaluru has been in the midst of a French food boom since the last few years with the opening of eateries like Café Noir La Casse-Croute (a food truck that specialises in French-style sandwiches) and Pierre — Artisan Bakery In Mumbai chef Alexis Gielbaum is leading the way with his recently opened Slink & Bardot in Worli a French-themed eatery that jettisons fine dining in favour of small plates and an expanded cocktail menu Even chef Hemant Oberoi who helmed Zodiac Grill for 25 years till it shuttered in 2015 has included French classics like brie and truffle soufflé in his eponymous Mumbai diner But are there no meeting grounds between Indian and French cuisines then If gastronomy is based on an intimate knowledge of the alchemy of flavours then the schematic differences between Indian and French cuisine do not run like two parallel lines Both cultures are passionate about food both can be wonderfully indulgent and both are sophisticated The refinement of French cuisine is well-documented but Indian cuisine is no less artful Take the case of the Kashmiri goshtaba made with hand-pounded meat which takes all day to prepare It’s as refined if not more than any French meat dish Moreover leading modern Indian restaurants like Indian Accent are now setting new benchmarks of sophistication in fusion food Perhaps the biggest point of convergence is the inclusive cosmopolitan character of both cuisines French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin while praising the Parisian table in The Physiology of Taste does not ascribe its virtues to an indigenous French character He lists which ingredients come from France which from England Germany Spain Italy Russia Africa Holland and America and concludes: “A meal such as one can eat in Paris is a cosmopolitan whole in which every part of the world makes its appearance by way of its products” Indian cuisine uses an abundance of spices that are stronger in taste and perhaps even in appearance (Source: Thinkstock Images) Likewise India has a famed and well-documented history of multi-culturism In her wonderful book Fasts and Feasts A History of Food in India Colleen Taylor Sen describes India as one of the world’s first global economies “From the time of the Indus Valley civilisation in the third Millennium BCE it was the centre of a vast network of land and sea trade routes that were a conduit for plants ingredients dishes and cooking techniques from and to Afghanistan Persia Central Asia the Middle East China Southeast Asia and the Indonesian archipelago” The spread of Buddhism and Jainism which altered the diet of Indians with their concepts of ahimsa or non-violence the advent of the Mughals who brought the Persian and Muslim influence to Indian cuisine and refined it with their legendary royal feasts and the arrival of Europeans who introduced ingredients like tomatoes potatoes and chillies to the land added layer upon layer to India’s culinary palimpsest So what can the two cuisines learn from one another Plenty Instead of hankering for imported products we should value our own biodiversity and traditions much like the French who have elevated their produce and culinary traditions to an art form We would do well to monitor the feed of our cattle to improve the quality of our meat and grow our vegetables with more care As Gielbaum vouches “If the ingredients improve the whole dish improves” The French are masters of minimalism and subtlety Their obsession with details like how to serve a dish and at what temperature is a lesson in precision not to forget the fine art of food and wine pairing Their less-is-more approach focusses squarely on the quality of the produce “We don’t like to interfere with it If it’s red meat we’ll just do a jus from the bone and carcass It’s simple but full of flavour and it complements the meat If you have an intelligent pairing with a garnish that’s pretty much it” says Gielbaum France should also motivate us to build a better cold chain to preserve fragile foods believes Yann Auffray a digital marketing executive in Mumbai who experimented with a French pop-up called Bistronomie in the city a few years ago “The first bacteria coming into a product like unpasteurized cheese will spoil it and you can get very sick from eating it In India things get complicated because there is no reliable cold chain” Being among the first cuisines of the world each Indian region has cooked the same recipe for centuries and perfected it Indians can teach the French to appreciate complexity and balance in food Remember the unexpected flavour combination Hassan uses to impress Madame Mallory in 100 Foot Journey when he cooks beef bourguignon spiced with ginger cumin and Aleppo pepper and tweaks the recipe for bechamel sauce by lacing it with saffron Restaurateur Camellia Panjabi who turned around the flagging fortunes of the Taj Hotel in the 1960s believes the French would benefit from expanding their vegetarian repertoire “With the recent recession even the French are not finding it possible to serve steaks or large meat portions in their restaurants This is one area the French can take a cue from Indians” she says At a broader level French culinary culture could learn to be more liberal and also imbibe some of the warmth of Indian hospitality Krishnendu Ray head of food studies department New York University believes India can teach the French about not taking their national propaganda about cuisine too seriously and gave more importance to regional traditions “The best food is almost always regional At the level of the nation it is usually institutional food” he argues In a globalising world cultures can no longer think of their cuisines in monolithic terms As Gielbaum says “Fifteen years ago there was a chef and there was a recipe book Now in the age of Facebook and Instagram the volume of information is so dense and travels so fast that you can no longer relate to just one country region or technique in terms of food” In fact such cross-cultural interactions have become vital in a rapidly shrinking planet as we transition from what Ray calls “univorism (only my kind of food) to omnivorism (my and other people’s food)” Sona Bahadur is an independent Mumbai-based food writer-photographer and former editor of BBC Good Food Magazine India For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAmaravati (Andhra Pradesh): The opposition YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh on Mondayannounced its support to the NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind File image of Jagan Mohan Reddy PTI YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that his party would support Kovind’s candidature for the top post as he was a Dalit leader Jagan gave this assurance to BJP chief Amit Shah when the latter called him over the phone this afternoon seeking the YSRC’s support for the ruling coalition’s nominee Jagan who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi in May had announced his party would support the NDA’s nominee in next month’s presidential election The YSRC has 10 MPs and 66 MLAs The electoral college which elects the president through the system of proportional representation comprises elected MPs and members of legislative assemblies By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: April 10 2017 7:25 pm Neruppu Da teaser is out Top News Actor Vikram Prabhu unveiled the teaser of his upcoming film Neruppu Da (The Fire) on Monday Going by the teaser the film follows the life of a firefighter and of course his fight against the bad guys The one-minute long video doesn’t give away much about plot Judging from the teaser Motta Rajendran a stuntman-turned-actor seems to have returned to playing negative roles Of late he is mostly seen doing comical roles The title is lifted from a song from superstar Rajinikanth’s film Kabali “The film has a different take on the fire service and it features Vikram Prabhu as a fireman as well as a hardcore Rajinikanth fan After much deliberation we felt there can’t be a better title than ‘Neruppu Da’” Ashok was quoted as saying in the media The makers even got the blessing from the producers of Kabali for the title The film is directed by debutant B Ashok Kumar and has Nikki Galrani as its female lead This film also marks Vikram’s debut as a producer who is also playing the lead role in the film Up-and-coming Sean Roldan has scored music for the film “#FirstArtist is proud to present the #NeruppudaTeaser Need all your love and support (sic) #BornToLiveBornToDie (sic)” wrote Vikram on his Twitter page Earlier today almost all leading stars of the film fraternity went to his residence ‘Annai Illam’ at Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Road T Nagar to show their unconditional support and love for his film The makers of the film had organised a grand audio release event at the Chennai’s iconic residence which was attended by Rajinikanth Dhanush Vishal Karthi Sathyaraj Vivek and others Neruppu Da also stars Varun Naginedu Aadukalam Naren Madhusudhan Rao among others in important roles The film is yet to get a release date There is a lot of expectations around the filmHowever it remains to be seen if this will give Vikram the much-needed break at the box office For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Suhas Palshikar | Published: June 6 2014 12:00 am Modi transformed an adverse political context into an asset and ensured that this election was a plebiscite on him (Source: PTI) Related News As the Narendra Modi ministry gets going the industry of deciphering every move made by the new PM is flourishing Having won the election for the party Modi certainly has real power now which many a prime minister from the recent past did not have Indicative of this is the report (“A first: PMO empowers itself on ‘all important policy issues’” IE May 28) that in allocating portfolios the prime minister has allocated to himself “all important policy issues” While we will have to wait to find out how this operates in practice it adds to the challenge of making sense of the Modi phenomenon It might be instructive to go back into India’s democratic history and compare Modi with Indira Gandhi Such a comparison may give us some clues to understanding the rise of the new leadership and its likely trajectory First the transformation of an election into a plebiscite over one leader was the key strategy adopted by Indira Gandhi in 1971 Similarly Modi transformed an adverse political context into an asset and ensured that this election was a plebiscite on him Like her he made a virtue of the fact that everyone else was opposed to him He used that context adroitly to place him at the centre by getting himself declared the prime ministerial candidate of his party That move scandalised his opponents outside the BJP so much that everyone started criticising him facilitating unprecedented publicity and media exposure in turn Though he did not overplay the point this adversity allowed Modi to present an image of someone cornered by opponents While everyone was busy criticising Modi he went ahead with slogans and banners that practically announced the arrival of a new messiah Second listening to Modi’s speeches one could not mistake the aggressive — even injured — tone After winning the Gujarat assembly elections in 2012 and subsequently addressing students at a Delhi college Modi’s speeches were less argumentative more exhortative and cajoling But once he sensed that the Congress party was on the back foot he shifted to a more aggressive stance His tone became more acerbic He coined the moniker of “shehzada” for Rahul Gandhi thereby referring not only to the hereditary element but also reminding audiences of the unstated charge of Muslim appeasement by the Congress The swift transformation into an aggressive and confrontational mode of argument helped in building the image of a strong determined leader ready to fight and remain in battle-mode all the time Third like Indira Gandhi Modi bypassed the party The details are of course dissimilar: Indira Gandhi had to fight a drawn-out battle with those who then controlled the Congress and thought she would remain indebted to them for having installed her as prime minister She in fact did not mind forcing a split in the party Modi did not have to go to that extent Having lost two parliamentary elections in a row the BJP was all too keen to have a strong leader take the reins for the parliamentary elections This made Modi’s task easier But the real similarity lies elsewhere Both sought to appeal to voters directly over the heads of their respective party organisations And their appeals sent the same message — a vote for the party candidate is a vote to the leader So both in 1971 and 2014 voters were asked not to elect their “representatives” but only the loyalists of the leader Fourth this strategy inevitably brought them in confrontation with the old guard in the party and they both bulldozed the dissidence within In Indira Gandhi’s case the battle was far too bitter because she was new to the office of prime minister In Modi’s case the battle was caused mainly because he was new to Delhi’s politics But the old guard in his party was not able to put up much resistance and had to mostly acquiesce to the wishes of Modi supporters The differences of scale apart the core issue was identical — those who did not support the new phenomenon had to make way rather than share party power Fifth how did Indira Gandhi justify the plebiscitary mode of politics She blamed the personalisation of the electoral battle with her famous statement: opponents say Indira hatao; I say garibi hatao Garibi hatao then was the slogan the dream the goal In her whirlwind tours of the country (before the era of television and holograms) Indira Gandhi intimated that she was there to change the language and substance of politics She was carving out huge expectations Till 1971 she had little to show for herself But that did not deter her from framing the politics of dreams and expectations Exactly in the same manner Modi’s campaign hinged on shaping expectations of a strong and prosperous India Just as the removal of poverty was a goal that had moral legitimacy and an obvious social sanctity Modi’s narrative of “development” enjoys considerable legitimacy in post-1991 India The new India of today is evidently impatient with alibis and excited about growth in the global context; even growth without much concern for equity has acquired a certain moral legitimacy and economic justification Just as the removal of poverty had a compulsive moral attraction for the India of the 1970s growth and development have a compulsive instrumental attraction in today’s India This context turns the political game of raising huge popular expectations into a winning strategy The main difference between the personalistic and populist politics of these two leaders is probably in the composition of their core constituencies Indira Gandhi’s constituency was principally oppressed inarticulate and from unprivileged social sections — Dalits Adivasis and Muslims Four decades down the line most social sections in India are fairly mobilised and awakened But more particularly Modi’s core constituency is definitely very articulate It consists of two somewhat diverse but mostly interconnected sections — the aspirational middle class which reads in the rhetoric of development an expansion of opportunities and the realisation of its aspired economic advance and the entrenched middle class which expects the cultural discourse to be reframed The former will judge the leader on the basis of material advance and the latter will judge him on the basis of how he redefines the contours of India’s nationhood Both classes have heightened expectations and a strong sense of the moral justification of their demands from the polity The durability of the plebiscite that Modi has won will depend on how skilfully he satisfies and balances these expectations The writer teaches political science at the University of Pune [email protected] For all the latest 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