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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Author:

It is high time that politicians in India should take an unconventional path of reaching out. The INTERNET.  While the top ones seems to be aware of the potential. They cannot afford to do it now and lag behind the race, lots of bucks at stake + an un tapped potential for reaching out.

FYI Barrack H Obama raised over half a billion dollars for his election campaign over twenty one months and managed a lavish opening ceremony, after becoming the president of US.

While the right winged BJP seem to be catching on- to understand- the reach. Majority of the political parties in India appear to be lost. LK Advani’s website is powered by Blogs possibly taking a cue from the American style of web campaign.

Any why not, there is a catch here. According to reports, there are merely 55,000 active bloggers in India and users are growing. The parties should find themselves in the webspace more from now onwards. I also understand limitations like internet accessibility, user friendly environment, literacy and foremost funding. At the saem time we all know how much amount of money goes into the campaign (the difference as well. What is allotted by the election commission and the amount that is spent). Thousands of IT and non IT professionals can derive direct/indirect employment with this exercise. I am not at all counting the reach and public relation activity which will follow. Digitalizing a political party will ensure transparency (to a great extent), that connect with the decision makers and one step close to what I see digital India as. With the assembly elections inching in, there is still a lot to do and LOT of education.

Monday, January 19th, 2009 | Author:

Muntazer al-Zaidi is planning to seek asylum in the cooler pastures of Switzerland now. Well he can live in peace now and can even manage a better paying job at the UN. Zaidi who? I am very sure you guys have forgotten his name. But hey do you remember a guy who hurled  a ‘size 10’ shoe at the outgoing American president George W Bush? Now you remembered. “Once settled in Geneva, the bachelor without children could “very well work as a journalist at the United Nations which has its European headquarters here”, said Mauro Poggia this young man’s lawyer.

That’s one story Mr Bush would not like to remember out of many which he did out of intention. The news is that Mr George W Bush is leaving Washington DC and perhaps plans to spend more time in Texas tomorrow onwards. By the time you start reading this piece, another historic kindly read expensive moment would be grabbing world attention on January 20th. Barrack H Obama’s swearing in ceremony will grab eyeballs, TV crew, and many miles of print will be dedicated to this already iconic politician, like never before. R Issac Robert cautiously points,”the sad part is that he is yet to do something. Apart from laudable speeches what has he given till date?” Okay, I should come in those details a little later in this article. Firstly I would like to congratulate America’s first coloured president, for whom expectation of a better future for American becomes a huge promise to be kept.

Mr Obama is perhaps being labeled as a brand. The Obama industry has quite a good number of buyers and it sells well, till now, if I am not wrong. A brand, constituting T-shirt, mugs, commemorative coins to hand towels, and from bobbing-head dolls to glossy books, posters, sticker, railway engines, educational institutions and what’s more streets and cities as well. Yes you read it right, cities and streets, followed by junior schools. Delmar Boulevard criss crosses between the most racially divided pockets of St Louis, Missouri and some elderly men are planning to rename, which will, most probably not succeed. But, a long Island elementary school in Hampstead, NY recently changed its name from Ludlum to Barack Obama after their students raised a campaign, another school in Portland, Oregon is still thinking of doing so. The black Perry County, Alabama, went a step forward by declaring every second Monday of November as Barack Obama Day and a government holiday that day.

Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the USA today which is likely to attract much more than 1.5 million people to Capitol Hill, only after Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Amidst a steep downturn in what can be said ‘The Great Depression of ‘32’ revisited in ‘08, Obama and his team should be spending close to $150 Million in celebrations. Undoubtedly the most costly carnival till date. He has his reasons to celebrate, let me break down his list to make it easy.

Can I assemble them in number? Let me please!

  • One ton each of chocolate and cheese.
  • One ton each of chocolate and cheese.
  • About 1,500 cases of beer.
  • Eight hundred pounds (363 kilograms) of bison.
  • $40 million an estimated cost of the inaugural parade, balls, opening ceremonies, giant television screens on National Mall and other expenses for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • 432, total Presidential Inaugural Committee staff members.
  • 240,000 free tickets have been distributed so far for the swearing-in ceremony.
  • 58, law-enforcement and other agencies working on security.
  • 8,000, District of Columbia police officers on duty
  • 1,000, US Park Police officers on duty
  • 550, Metro transit police on duty
  • 10,000, National Guardsmen
  • 20,000, passenger’s expected to take a ride today
  • 2 million, inauguration subway maps Metro are already printed
  • 10,000, charter buses expected to descend Washington DC
  • 600, hotel rooms left in Washington.
  • 90,000, unique internet hits that Destination D.C., the city’s tourism bureau, has received on its inauguration Web site.
  • 13,000, military and civilian participants in the inaugural parade, including marching bands.
  • 112, light bulbs replaced in lampposts on Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.
  • 10, large screens broadcasting swearing-in on the National Mall.
  • 1,000, vendors so far who have received licensed spots to sell wares around parade route and city streets.
  • 15,000 to 18,000, volunteers helping Presidential Inaugural Committee around the city.
  • 4,100, minimum number of portable toilets available to the public.
  • 10, official inaugural balls.
  • 12,000, eggs that chefs at the Willard InterContinental Hotel will use for meals from Jan. 17 through the inauguration.
  • 10,000, square footage (930 square meters) of the swearing-in stage.
  • 6, number of bicycle rickshaws D.C. Pedicab plans to operate.
  • 5000 portable toilets
  • What’s more, performers from LA are descending for this gala celebration, to name a few Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Cheryl Crow, Shakira, Stevie Wonder and Renee Fleming.

I would like to end this piece with Mr. George W Bush’s quote

“Most imports are from outside of the country”.

Thank You!