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Yearning to be in good books?

    S. SANDEEP KUMAR
    SWATHI V.
    ASIF YAR KHAN AND J.S. IFTHEKHAR
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Politicians, especially lower cadre members, seem to be leaving no stone unturned in deriving mileage from different social service activities they take up.

In tune with the rising mercury levels, many drinking water camps mushroom at different localities in the city. But one striking aspect about these camps is that colourful and huge vinyl sheet banners greet visitors, who come to quench their thirst.

Call it promotion or being in the good books of their senior leaders, these members make best use of the platform. While, they quench citizens' thirst through these camps, their thirst for mileage appears to be never-ending.

Quite some performance marked the ‘beef festival' organised by the Dalit students of Osmania University on Sunday. No, it has no connection at all with the belligerence displayed by right wing miscreants. It refers to the cultural performances prior to the beef buffet served at the venue, where a student N. Sarath electrified the atmosphere with his group song on a guitar. Guess the refrain of his song? It is “Beef is the secret of our energy!”

Elected representatives are good at delivering marathon lectures while addressing public meetings. However apart from speaking, these days, elected representatives are turning tutors and helping people to learn the ‘art' of holding a mike.

It so happened at a public programme on Monday that after speaking at length during the programme, an elected representative asked residents to speak about their problems.

Even as one of the residents started to speak over the mike, the elected representative intervened and asked him to hold the mike closer for better audibility.

It did not end with one person, every time a new person tried to speak, the elected representative would intervene and ask them to hold the mike properly. So much so, the programme resembled a tutorial class on speaking over mike.

Rumour mills are working overtime again. Thanks to the mobiles, they now fly thicker and faster. Every time you check your inbox there is hint of fresh trouble brewing at some new place. The days of panic are back in the City. Communal trouble is not new to Hyderabad. But this time it has taken a new turn – desecration of places of worship. But for a change saner elements in both communities are being sensible. They refuse to get provoked. Sure, the best religion is the most tolerant.

S. SANDEEP KUMAR, SWATHI V., ASIF YAR KHAN AND J.S. IFTHEKHAR

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