Azad's political party
After lying low for a while, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad, who has now dropped his alias of Ravan, has announced his foray into active politics to “strengthen” the Bahujan movement. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati had dubbed him an “agent” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), although he had always been courteous towards the Dalit czarina.
Azad, who commands considerable clout among the Dalit youth in western UP districts, is planning to launch his proposed political outfit with a rally in Lucknow, which would also serve as the party’s headquarters. His political ambitions are sure to cause consternation among Dalit leaders in the BSP, the Samajwadi Party, and the Congress, while indirectly helping the BJP by splitting the Dalit vote.
Inspired by Amma Canteens?
Film actor Rajinikanth, quite like former Tamil Nadu chief minister M G Ramachandran, has played the role of a poor, hardworking man in many movies. The title of one of his movies, Uzhaippali (hard worker), has inspired Chennai-based Siddha medicine practitioner Veerababu to start a low-priced food outlet in the city.
The Rajinikanth fan chose the south star’s 69th birthday on Thursday to open his first Uzhaippali Canteen, which will serve “herbal” lunch to daily wage earners and other poor workers for Rs 10. There are plans to open more such canteens, he said.