It was a tall order for judges of a cookery contest that drew an overwhelming response from enthusiastic women in the city. The day being Sunday, the cookery competition organised by Panasonic, in association with e-City, saw women trooping in at the venue in droves to wield the ladle and dish out lip-smacking delicacies.

Close to 120 participants were divided into two batches. One group was asked to prepare a sweet dish while the other had to dish out a ‘hot’.

By the end of the contest, the place looked deliciously enchanting with each contestant giving her best shot by garnishing the dish in a way that tantalised the taste buds of the visitors.

Apparently impressed by the tempting flavours, the judges went around the tables. Since factors like taste, texture, recipe and presentation had to be taken into consideration while deciding the best dishes on the platter, they had tough time tasting each of the close to 120 preparations. A typical of case of ‘too much of anything is good for nothing’.

‘Separate’ agenda

After a fortnight-long campaign highlighting the Samaikyandhra (united Andhra) by a section of politicians, the ‘Jai Andhra’ movement, that took the State by storm in 1972, was brought once again on to the public domain by a handful of politicians.

Their main agenda is that Andhra would develop into a vibrant State only by division.

The movement is gradually gathering momentum with leaders from West and East Godavari districts pitching in fervently. Member of Parliament Lagadapati Rajagopal’s statement at a press meet in Hyderabad that Vijayawada government hospital lacked facilities did not go well with them as they questioned the MP’s lack of interest in developing his own constituency.

Caught in the crossfire

Policing indeed becomes a challenge when people take a plunge into agitations. It is more so when there are two parallel agitations running strong on the strength of various factors in the two regions of a State. During the recent Samaikyandhra agitation, the police booked cases against many leaders and students for going on indefinite fast saying it amounts to an attempt at committing suicide.

They also broke fasts of leaders amid huge protests from followers. The police eventually faced a lot of criticism from the agitators for what they say is nothing but repression of their justified struggle.

But to the dismay of one and all here, there is criticism from pro-bifurcation leaders that the police were soft on Samaikyandhra struggle.

A TDP leader lamented at this propaganda of TRS, saying that due to strict policing here, nobody got the kind of media attention that K. Chandrasekhara Rao got during his fast.

He went on to ask the question: “If the police are soft on parties here, where is the need for an MP to run away and hide for hours together?” Certainly caught in the crossfire, the police here bore the brunt of it all from all sides.

(P. Sujatha Varma, J.R. Shridharan and G. Ravikiran)