LS Polls 2009: One pricey affair!

The world, including India, maybe facing a severe economic crisis but it seems that the Indian political parties are immune to the global economic slowdown. According to a recently released survey of Centre for Media Studies, around Rs 10,000 crores (USD 2 billion) will be spent on Lok Sabha Polls 2009. This does not include the cost of conducting assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

What is surprising here is that the amount to be spent (USD 2 billion) is more than what US President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates spent on their campaigns.

Media witch-hunt for the Obama moment!

As much as Barack Obama's win has fascinated India, the media has merely focused on one fact – his race and therefore so-called "minority" status. That has launched, with incredulous rancor, the hunt for a Bhartiya Obama who would be the winner of the single-greatest five-yearly reality TV event.

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