Idli-sambar and the (occasional) art of humility

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Modern politics is all about perception. After an early morning on his feet and in his track pants campaigning for the 2009 general elections, the BJP candidate for Bangalore South, H.N. Ananth Kumar, takes a breather and dives into a plate of middle-class idli-sambar at a middle-class darshini in middle-class Basavanagudi on Tuesday.

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Each election season sees fiction writers back with a bang.

In an affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, the three-time minister and four-time MP claims his wife Tejaswini is six times wealthier than him with their delightful daughters Aishwarya and Vijetha possessing property worth Rs 6.04 lakh and Rs 7.6 lakh.

Out of office these five years, the family’s income has doubled from Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1.42 crore. The Kumars own a Reva car, a Kinetic Honda and a Hyundai Accent.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News