Bengaluru goes a-polling

Radha Datta | May 16, 2018


#Karnataka   #Elections   #Narendra Modi   #Assembly Polls   #Karnataka   #Bengaluru  


The above picture was shot in a slum near Neelasandra. It’s a Muslim-dominated area where people have been fervent Congress supporters. They were enthusiastic about being photographed. Luckily, I was able to get a candid shot of a father-daughter duo trying to find the right pose to get the perfect poster shot. What strongly came across was ‘the Hand’. Here was a father trying to tell his daughter how she should hold up her hand and pose in a certain way. It was a classic example of how political loyalties are passed down to the next generation without the latter realising and understanding the intricacies involved. As if caste, religion and stereotypes weren’t enough, we are now being born labeled with a party stamp.

 

A two-in-one portrait of Dr Ambedkar, the ‘Voice of the oppressed’, is positioned above two people in a magnanimous light. It’s almost tragic that he’s looking in another direction and avoiding eye contact from his people. The neighbourhood – Malleshwaram, not far from the BJP media centre – is home to the lower-income group but is sandwiched between a mall and one of the swankiest localities of Bengaluru. I tried to bring out that contrast out with a tight frame.

 

The little kid at one point had so many scarves in his hand that he found it difficult to keep them safe and in one place at the same time. He copped a squat away from the rally, quickly assembled all the bands and ran back to his rightful place in the rally.

 



Being a huge ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ fan, when I was forming this frame, the theme tune was thumping in my head. The man and his tribe! Booths like these were set up in a lot of areas where one could hear the PM speak.

 

Next to rallies, auto-rickshaws provided the most preferable option to reach out to the voter. Every party deployed them. I spoke to some auto-wallahs who told me they worked in shifts for different parties. One could be driving around for the Congress in the morning, and the BJP in the evening.

Comments

 

Other News

“Developing public health infrastructure key to sustainable healthcare for all”

Renowned cardiologist Dr Ramakanta Panda has said that the pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of existing healthcare systems and it is wrong to draw comparisons with Korea, a country with the population equal to that of a single Indian state. While speaking to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Gove

SC-appointed panel on farm laws holds first meet

The committee of experts appointed by the supreme court to deliberate with the stakeholders on the new farm laws held its first meeting here Tuesday, with one of its members saying that all stakeholders, including individual farmers, will be heard. Hearing a petition on the farm laws enacted

India’s glitch-free vaccination gathers pace

The nationwide vaccination campaign launched Saturday, the largest such exercise in the world, has started setting new benchmarks, with vaccines administered to 2,24,301 beneficiaries in the first two days. “India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 v

Maharashtra to spend Rs 2,500 crore to augment, develop power infrastructure

The Maharashtra government has announced a spending of Rs 2,500 crore annually to develop infrastructure of state-owned distribution company Mahavitaran (MSEDCL).   Out of the total amount, Rs 1,500 crore will be spent on energisation of conventional agriculture pumps and Rs 1,000 crore

Launched: Largest vaccination drive in history

India on Saturday began the massive vaccination drive against Covid-19, as prime minister Narendra Modi paid tributes the ‘corona warriors’. “Such a vaccination drive at such a massive scale was never conducted in history. There are over 100 countries having less than 3 cro

"TV not in business of news; it is in the business of polarisation”

Television news these days has a loose relationship with truth, says senior journalist, columnist and author Vir Sanghvi, adding that it is not telling the truth and polarising opinions. In a live webcast with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, during the Visionary Talk series held by

Visionary Talk with Dr Ramakanta Panda, VC & MD Asian Heart Institute





Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter