political campaign

Candid talk: Ms Nandini Alva and Political Action Interns

A rare sight to witness- Bangalore Central MP candidates at B-PAC event

A rare sight to witness- Bangalore Central MP candidates at B-PAC event

by Abhishek Kamat

Amidst the cacophony of electoral discussions and political mud-slinging, Nandini Alva – JD(S) candidate – Central Bangalore

took some time off to interact with Political Action Interns present at the B.PAC event organised at Bharti Vidya Bhavan on Race Course road today. An unusual stunt though, Alva ensured to reach out to the interns in her most humble and approachable form.

Her constant reiteration of her agenda on women empowerment gathered enthusiastic students from the audiences to lend an ear to the rendezvous.

She discussed invariably on vocational training, entrepreneurship and the rise of small scale industries to which women must be actively involved.  According to Alva, 60% of women in India are financially dependent on either their husband or family.

Ms Nandini Alva interacts with Political Action Interns

Ms Nandini Alva interacts with Political Action Interns

She believes to convert this 60% to 0% as her agenda ensures to offer an opportunity to every woman in the city to live their life free of limitations.

Vigilant of her immediate surroundings, Alva had her discussions veered off in another direction. She began to speak on youth empowerment instead. She urged the interns to specifically participate in political activities and choose a leader who would endorse their views. “Let us all become leaders and actively participate in politics”, she said. On a positive note she also added, “Change will come to India, it is just a matter of time”.

On the contrary, the interaction was insightful and enlightened the interns of their responsibility as citizens of ‘namma Bengaluru’.


A Glimpse of Politiking


by Abhishek Kamat

Interns interacting with Mr Rizwan Arshad

It was no ordinary day for the interns of Professor Rajeev Gowda’s Political Action Internship as they were busy gearing up for another round of political campaigning and this time for Rizwan Arshad – Congress candidate contesting from Central Bangalore. The interns gathered at Brigade Road – the heart of the city, where Arshad was expected to arrive. A couple of minutes later, the young Congress candidate finally makes his dramatic entrance, gathering all the attention he could from passersby and commuters.

He addressed the media present there and devoted his time to speak exclusively to each media channel and newspaper. He spoke on a wide range of topics specifically highlighting his agenda. His prime focus was to mobilize the youth culture and inculcate the significance of voting in them. He did this by gathering the interns, who were clad in white t-shirts which had an imprint that read “One among us, for us”.

Interns participating in Mr Arshad's political campaign

Interns participating in Mr Arshad’s political campaign


Eager to get a glimpse of Arshad and the other Congress candidates, many passersby and commuters took some time off their daily chores and gathered round to listen to him. However, most of the crowd considering this another renege stepped aside and snubbed the Congress bookmarks and badges offered to them. For some this was just another political drama unfolding on the busy streets of Bangalore.

Though it was a five minute campaign, it was not easy for most of the interns as they were subject to personal criticism from non – supporters. It was an arduous task but worth the effort. By the end of the day, the interns learnt that the art of politicking was no cake walk.