SMS 52525: reality TV and local politics

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In the latest issue of Himal Southasian, Sumana Roy probes what satellite TV does to local-national relations:

From the Bagdogra airport to Siliguri, there were posters of the Nepali Indian Idol contestant everywhere – glued to tree trunks and lampposts, on hoardings next to Shahrukh Khan, on car rears and house fronts in Gurungbasti, a locality with a pronounced Nepali population. For the next several days, everywhere I went Prashant’s face followed me, and with him, a trail of numbers – 52525, an incantation that seemed to have hypnotised my town and its neighbours. I began to hear stories of local patriots, of young men staying awake all night long, not at defence outposts or research laboratories, but at temporary telephone booths, erected by benevolent telephone companies and shrewd politicians, hungry for proxy votes.

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    i have send 7 SMS ti52525 to answer 3Idiots RIN contest but reply from52525 was this service is temp closed i have loss my SMS charge who will answer

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    I have send SMS to 52525 to answer 3Idiots RIN contest but reply from52525 was Invalid keys, How it could be possible and from last mid night they are sending this sms again and again, now i am getting irritated…..pls stop this

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