Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Student politics: President of the students' union in medical college. Later
became president of the House Surgeons Union at S V Medical College, Tirupati.
Why he came to politics: Dad Raja Reddy was a major political figure in Kadapa district. YSR nurtured political ambitions since college days. After a brief stint at a mission hospital in Jammalamadugu and setting up a 70-bed hospital in Pulivendula, he turned to full time politics.
Political inspiration: Indira Gandhi. Deeply influenced by her during her socialist phase. Impressed by her 'Garibi Hatao' slogan, nationalisation of banks and cancellation of privy purses.
First electoral experience: Ran for the Assembly from Pulivendula in 1978 at the age of 28. Trounced D Narayana Reddy of the Janata Party by 20,000 votes.
Political mentor: Father Y S Raja Reddy.
Strongest political act: Sat on a hunger strike at the MLAs' hostel when an agitation against the power tariff hike was at its peak. Going on a padayatra of drought-hit districts in the high summer of 2003 to highlight the people's plight. That yatra made him the tallest leader in the AP Congress.
Monday, August 31, 2009
However, I came across a school certificate showing 30 Feb 1938 as the birthdate for an EB Employee. When we asked whether we could take 1 or 2 Mar as birthdate, Govt clarified that as per rules, the month is deemed to be known and therefore date of birth should be 16 Feb.
Some people say that years divisible by 400 should have 30 days in Feb. However, that did not happen in year 2000. Though there were speculations about this, I do not remember the authority who put it to rest.
Do you know that in british times, the jathaka notes of a person were accepted as proof of date of birth?
Our custom is to celebrate Janma Nakshathrams only and not calendar dates. This is slowly on the way out.
Hindus believed that lights going out at important junctures were an inauspicious omen. But shooing candles off on the birthday cake is now considered normal procedure. Western influence!
People born on 29th Feb could celebrate their birthdays only once in 4 years. Therefore this habit of celebrating calendar birthdays would make them save some cash but forgo considerable happy moments.