Students don the role of VIPs

They were all ‘VIPs' of the day. The students, who took part in an inter-collegiate mock press conference event held at St. Theresa's College for Women as part of the State-level youth festival, Aura, here on Monday, got into the roles of the leading lights in politics such as the BJP's Sushma Swaraj, TDP's Chandrababu Naidu, BSP's Mayawati, TRS' K. Chandrasekhar Rao, balladeer Gadar, and actors Shahrukh Khan and Khushboo with ease and imitated them while answering a range of questions from the ‘media'.

Spontaneity, IQ (intelligence quotient), and EQ (emotional quotient) among the participants marked the event with the ‘media' hounding them with a range of sharp and tricky questions. A group of lecturers from the college acted as media personnel.

Each participant was asked to pick up a chit in which the name of a particular VIP was mentioned.

Instantly, he or she was expected to get ready to answer the questions in a dialect, diction, typical mannerism and body language of the particular VIP.

The participant, playing Chandrababu Naidu, was asked how he could weather the storm of the separate Telangana movement and save his party from disintegration. ‘KCR' had to feel the ‘heat' of integrationists from the media. Another participant, who donned the role of Gadar, breathed fire against the police for ‘killing' the top Maoist leader Kishenji in the forests of West Bengal in a ‘fake encounter' and allegedly trampling upon the human rights. ‘Mayawati' vowed not to allow the retail-multi-brand giants into her State even as the UPA regime has allowed 51 per cent hike in the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector.

The presence of Rahul Gandhi from the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the Assembly elections was an evidence to the fact that how the BSP's symbol of elephant was creating a scare in the ruling establishment at the Centre, a student in the role of Mayawati said.

Prizes given away

Superintendent of Police C. Ravi Varma gave away prizes to the winners.

Meanwhile, the State-level event provided a platform for a cultural mix.

According to R. Madhavi, an organiser of the festival, a little over 1,000 students took part in the programme from different parts of the State.