BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown

first_imgBaliPure celebrates after scoring a point against Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals series in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Water Defenders won in four sets to capture their first PVL title. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, to win its maiden Premier Volleyball League title Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders found redemption in the Open Conference, just two months after losing to the Lady Warriors in a do-or-die Game 3 in the Reinforced Conference Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We went through a lot. When we started the conference, we almost didn’t make it to the semis. When we entered the semis, we lost the first game and we almost didn’t make the finals but again the girls persevered,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb.It was the same narrative for BaliPure in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Water Defenders nearly dropped the third and fourth sets before showing great resolve to fight off the steely Lady Warriors, who rode on MVP Myla Pablo in the crucial stages.BaliPure blew leads late in the last two sets and needed endgame heroics from Grethcel Soltones and skipper Jasmin Nabor to push through. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Soltones, who was named Finals MVP, ended the third set with an off-speed spike while Nabor tapped the ball out and into a gaping hole for the title-clinching point.Soltones fired 21 points after scoring 14 in Game 1 while Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato added 16 and 15 points, respectively.Nabor had eight points and 40 excellent sets after missing Game 1 due to a stiff neck.Pablo played through an illness for the second straight game and still came away with 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Japan, Thailand to dispute AVC titlelast_img read more

ONE: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian bet for unanimous decision win

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino strawweight Robin Catalan manhandled hometown bet Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Eternal Glory Saturday night at Istora Senayan here.Catalan was in total control from the opening bell en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision win to silence the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments The 28-year-old Catalan was the much superior striker but he also beat Rahardian in his own game on the mat.Rahardian attempted several takedowns early but to no avail while Catalan easily took him down in the second and third rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCatalan redeemed himself from a submission loss to Japan’s Hayato Suzuki three months ago.Rahardian dropped to 0-2 against the Catalan brothers after also bowing to the older Rene via unanimous decision last July. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Earlier, Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Bruno Pucci wisely took the fight to the ground early to submit the heavy-handed Japanese Kotetsu Boku in the first round of their featherweight fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READlast_img read more

Police put heat on cold case

first_imgAn argument may have sparked the pursuit and shooting. Witnesses told detectives the 24-year-old man and four suspects in a dark-colored Toyota Camry exchanged words in the parking lot of a shopping center on Rosemead and Washington boulevards. The man took off in his black SUV chased by the Toyota northbound on Rosemead Boulevard. “As the suspects were chasing him northbound, at some point they began shooting at him,” Romero said. The SUV was struck several times in the shooting. The driver ended up heading north on San Gabriel Place, where he lost control and struck a maroon minivan traveling south. The minivan’s driver, Marlene Johnson of Pico Rivera was pronounced dead at Beverly Hospital in Montebello. Her 47-year-old daughter, Patricia, was in the minivan and suffered minor to moderate injuries, deputies said. Johnson’s family couldn’t be reached for comment for this story. The suspects fled and rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a stop sign. They were last seen heading east on Verner Street and out of view. The suspects were described only as Latinos with shaved heads and tattoos. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detectives Joe Romero or George Martinez at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The SUV’s driver, identified only as a Pico Rivera man, was originally listed as “death imminent” on March 13 but survived, Grotefend said. The man remains in a hospital in serious condition, according to Detective Joe Romero. “He’s not a gang member,” Romero said. “We believe he was a target.” Investigators also believe there were a lot of witnesses to the incident that began at 7:30 p.m. “It happened fairly early in the evening. We know a lot of people saw what happened. We’re not getting a lot of assistance,” Romero said. PICO RIVERA – Four suspected gang members in a Toyota Camry chased and shot at a 24-year-old driver through several streets. Hit in the upper torso, the critically injured man lost control of his sport utility vehicle and crashed into a minivan, killing its 67-year-old driver. Lt. Al Grotefend of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said they are seeking the public’s help in the March13 incident in the 5200 block of San Gabriel Place. It’s been six months and the suspects, believed to belong to a Pico Rivera gang, are still on the loose. last_img read more

Rove, Cleland disagree on how to best spread democracy

first_imgVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Karl Rove and Max Cleland found themselves in a rare moment of agreement Friday – that America should bring democracy to the world. But Rove, a former top adviser to President George W. Bush, and Cleland, a former senator from Georgia and triple amputee Vietnam veteran, disagreed strongly about the best method of doing that. When Rove considered that question, he responded: “Obviously, my answer is yes.” Cleland said his answer was “yes, by example, but not by force,” setting up a complicated and at times testy discussion between the two men dominated by the Iraq war. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The men spoke at a forum at Regent University, the Christian school founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson. Cleland asked Rove: “Why didn’t the Bush White House go after Osama bin Laden? Why are we wasting time in Iraq?” Rove fired back: “Senator, with all due respect, the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence agencies made every effort possible to get Osama bin Laden, and frankly I don’t think it reflects well on our military and intelligence services to suggest that they didn’t.” Cleland lost his U.S. Senate seat to Republican Saxby Chambliss, who suggested that Cleland was soft on terrorism, and Cleland supporters said Rove was behind that. Cleland pointedly asked Rove: “Why didn’t the Bush White House go after Osama bin Laden? Why are we wasting time in Iraq?” Cleland argued that assets have been pulled away from Afghanistan and sent to Iraq. The president’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said that if the United States does not spread democracy, what country will? “God has given every person the zeal for freedom,” Bush said. “It is incumbent upon us to do our part to give people that want freedom the chance to pursue it.” Rove said the country has helped spread democracy in Africa, Asia and Europe over the past 30 years. But he acknowledged that “the spotlight is in Iraq, a difficult place to spread freedom and liberty.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: KERRY NAME STAR-STUDDED TEAM

first_imgKERRY have named all their top players in the starting line-up for Sunday’s Croke Park clash with Donegal.The Gooch, Donaghy and Paul Galvin have been given starts.Of course the line-up can change at the last minute (as they invariably do) but this is the current team. KERRY (SFC v Donegal): B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy. Subs: B Kelly, B Maguire, D O’Sullivan, P Crowley, K O’Leary, J Buckley, P Curtin, J Lyne, S Scanlon, BJ Keane, F Fitzgerald, M Geaney.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: KERRY NAME STAR-STUDDED TEAM was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: KERRY NAME STAR-STUDDED TEAMlast_img read more

WIN FREE ALL-IRELAND TICKETS TONIGHT AT VOODOO VENUE

first_imgHaven’t got your ticket yet? Don’t panic because Voodoo Venue are giving away two All-Ireland final tickets tonight.All you have to do is buy a drink anytime between 10pm and 1.30pm and you get a raffle ticket with every purchase. You can enter as many times as you like, although you must be present at 2am to collect the tickets.All-Ireland final day itself is going to be one of the best in Voodoo Venue.Fourteen screens including Donegal’s biggest screen in Voodoo Club will be showing both games this Sunday.First two hundred people through the door get a FREE PINT OF HEINKEN, AND ALL PINTS ARE €3!! Finger food will be FREE during the afternoon, topping it all off we will then have great LIVE music from PK from 6-10pm.THE HUMBLE EARTHWORMS on stage at 10pm followed by BRIAN MCDAID FROM MIDNIGHT TO CLOSE.Voodoo Club opens at 11.30pm with JOE DECKS to hopefully celebrate DONEGALS 3RD ALL IRELAND VICTORY.ALSO THIS WEEK AS THEY HAVE CANCELLED ARTHURS DAY THIS YEAR VOODOO VENUE ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE DERMOTS DAY WITH A HOST OF GREAT LIVE MUSIC THIS THURSDAY FROM 6pm.Starting off with the brilliant NATIVE, followed,by the very talented JUSTIN BLACK FOLLOWED BY THE AMAZING ‘ THE LOGUES AT 10.30.ALL PINTS OF GUINNESS WILL BE €2.50? From 6-10pm. VOODOO VENUE ENTERTAINMENT HQ FOR ALL IRELAND WEEKENDWIN FREE ALL-IRELAND TICKETS TONIGHT AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

DANIEL TO TAKE PART IN BBC’S ‘STRICTLY COME DANCING’

first_imgDaniel is taking part in ‘Strictly’ on the BBC.SHOWBIZ EXCLUSIVE: Daniel O’Donnell has signed up for the BBC’s hugely successful ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ television show.The Donegal singer will join other celebrities including pop star Peter Andre, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and Eastenders star Kellie Bright in the dance-offs.The series, now in its 11th season, begins on September 7th next.Daniel, who is on a break from touring for 2015, said he was really looking forward to taking part in the show. “I’m very nervous but I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be a different kind of hard work but I think I’ll enjoy it,” h said.However the star said that while he has danced a lot, his timing would not be the best.“Just don’t ask me to be in a certain place at a certain time. This is going to be very challenging. I’ll be very hard to tie down. God help whoever gets me,” h laughed.Daniel said he was also looking forward to meting his fellow celebrities as h was a big fan of such shows as Eastenders and Coronation Street.“I would never have got to met the people only for the show so I am rally looking forward to it,” he added. He revealed he had ben ask to take part in some of the show’s Christmas Specials in the past but never had the time.He also said he was looking forward to wearing the costumes but added “I hope they don’t ask me to open my shirt as I only have a one pack.”Daniel’s wife Majella took part in last year’s show and it is understood that she encouraged the singer to give the show a try this year.The singer is already a household name in Britain but his appearance the show promises to make him even more popular.He has just finished filming a series for UTV visiting Bed and Breakfasts around Ireland. DANIEL TO TAKE PART IN BBC’S ‘STRICTLY COME DANCING’ was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBCdaniel o’donnellStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

Cooking in Cariema Isaacs’ Cape Malay kitchen

first_imgCape Malay cooking has left its unique mark on South Africa’s collective heritage. It is known and loved across the country. Cariema Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, gives deeper insight into this cuisine and its history.As Cariema Isaacs wrote Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, she relived some of her best childhood memories. (Image: Supplied, Penguin Random House South Africa)Priya PitamberAsked about her favourite childhood memory involving food, Cariema Isaacs could not help but smile because it invoked heart-warming recollections.“It takes me back to a Sunday morning in Bo-Kaap and the smell of warm and aromatic aniseed-infused koesisters glistening with sweet sugar syrup and dusted with beautifully white, desiccated coconut,” said Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen.“It’s a memory that rings true for every Cape Malay and to this day, the tradition of having warm koesisters served for breakfast or as a snack on Sunday morning is still kept alive in our community.”Isaacs wrote her cookbook in honour of her father following his death in 2013. Working in Dubai, she said she found it exceptionally difficult to mourn his passing. This prompted her to write a book to capture the memories – mostly related to food, their heritage and the Cape Malay culture – that made them both so happy.“It’s with ease that blank pages were filled with moments that I remember cooking with him, meals we ate together and his simple philosophy about food… Many of these moments were underpinned by my childhood memories of growing up in Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay quarter where I was born.”The book, she said, took you on a culinary journey through Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, the food and festivals that represented the community, the spirit of caring and sharing and the celebration of “togetherness”.Isaacs always had a love for cooking, baking and, naturally, eating. But it was moving to Dubai that ignited her curiosity about world cuisine. “The more I explore it, the more I am intrigued.”She said what she had deemed everyday, home cooking became a form of art. “I saw what I was creating being captured through someone else’s lens, styled by someone else’s interpretation of my dish. It’s a thing of beauty.”Cape Malay cooking contains many different flavours from around the world, making it uniquely South African, says Cariema Isaacs. (Image: supplied, photographed by Ian Du Toit)Cape Malay cuisine was an important part of South Africa’s heritage, she explained, because it dated back to the first settlers who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. The Dutch East India Company delegation set up a refreshment post for traders on their way between the Netherlands and the East.Her Cape Malay forefathers arrived here as slaves from various places in Southeast Asia. “The roots of Cape Malay culture and cuisine are largely influenced by its Indonesian, Javanese and Malay forefathers. The famous Afrikaans poet, C Louis Leipoldt (1880-1947), claimed in an article that the earliest authorities behind original South African dishes came from the ‘Cape Malay’ population of the Western Cape.”Many of their forefathers worked as cooks or kitchen hands, she explained, and adapted recipes from their homelands for the palates of the households in which they worked. But there were also influences from the masters of the homes, who were predominantly Dutch or British.“In order to fully appreciate the Cape Malay cuisine, you need to understand its history and in understanding its history you very quickly come to learn that every dish tells a story,” Isaacs said.“Every story could depict either a particular spice that links us to another part of the globe or places from which our forefathers hailed.”The type of food cooked in the past also depended on the day of the week, she said. On Sundays, there was chicken or expensive cuts of meat; Mondays were fish days or the left-overs from Sunday. “Food passed on from our past, tells the story of celebration, of religion, of struggle but it’s always been a way to bring the community together.”The tapestry of flavours and spices woven together from countries such as the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, France and Britain made Cape Malay cuisine uniquely South African, she said. The cuisine was also influenced by the Islamic faith, so all food was halaal.Instead of hot and pungent, Cape Malay spice combinations were more fragrant and aromatic. The dishes that had their roots in Malaysia, Java and Indonesia consisted of aromatics such as cloves, bay leaves, all spice pimentos, cardamom, fresh ginger and garlic, and tamarind paste. The curries, known for their lush sauces, had ground spices such as turmeric, cumin and a blended leaf or roasted masala.“It is also important to mention that Cape Malay cooking is complete only when it can be enjoyed with friends and family (never alone) and, more importantly, shared with neighbours and the community (especially as a form of charity).”Isaacs said her favourite recipe from her book was Braised Sausage. Make it yourself:Braised Sausage (Gesmore Soeseis)Cape Town boasts some of the finest halaal butcheries around which specialise in a wide variety of sausages and cold meats such as viennas, polonies and penny polonies. An essential requirement for this very popular dish is to ensure that a good quality sausage is used, in other words, one that consists of a higher pure meat ratio compared to that of the other sausage ingredients. Good-quality sausage will expand and plump up when cooked and must contain a fair amount of moisture inside the casing. You need a juicy sausage for this recipe. Serves 4–6.Notes: Steer away from plaaswors or boerewors for this recipe, because the taste of it is way too pungent and the meat ratio is disproportionate. If the sausage is spicy, then omit the chilli and pepper. Salt is optional or to taste, as some sausages have added salt and seasoning.1 Tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil2 large onions, finely chopped1 green chilli, halved lengthways1 ripe tomato, roughly chopped1 C (250 ml) water3–4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered1 kg sausage¼ tsp (1.25 ml) freshly ground black pepper1 tsp (5 ml) sugarSalt to tasteHeat the oil over medium heat and add the onions and chilli. Cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently, and then add the tomato. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.Just as the onions and tomato are about to catch on the bottom of the pot, gradually add ½ C (125 ml) of the water, small amounts at a time, and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the potatoes and gently scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot.Add the remaining ½ C (125 ml) water and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes over a medium heat, until the potatoes are slightly browned and the water has transformed into a fairly thick sauce.Place the sausage on top of the potatoes – DO NOT stir!The sausage will act as a blanket and will provide just enough moisture for the potatoes to continue cooking and softening.Increase the heat to high and allow the sausage and potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes. Then turn the heat down to medium for about 20 minutes.Sprinkle over the pepper and sugar and fold in carefully.You can add a little water if you prefer a slightly thinner sauce. Do a taste test and add salt if needed.Serve hot with fresh bread or fluffy white rice. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic held by West Holmes FFA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 23rd, the West Holmes FFA Chapter held their annual Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic show at the Holmes County Fairgrounds. The show had over 170 lambs shown. The judge for the morning event was Jason Schuck. The people across Ohio came to show their lambs and to help recognize the West Holmes FFA Chapter and their efforts.  The Chapter also held numerous sponsors at the event to help raise the money to put the show on.Furthermore on Monday May 25th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter held a Float in the Nashville Parade that afternoon to honor both the veterans and the Chapter. A special thanks goes out to Ken Krebs for allowing us to use their trailer in this eventlast_img

The importance of being Hardik Patel

first_imgPatidar leader Hardik Patel is no stranger to adulation, and huge crowds await him wherever his rallies or meetings are scheduled. Last week, at Vallabhipur Crossing in Bhavnagar district, thousands of his supporters waited for him at Umrada to make the 250 km from a court at Visnagar in Mehsana and address them. Only hours ago had the court granted him bail in an old case of alleged ransacking of a BJP leader’s office, and he drove down to address the public meeting.He arrives two hours late at 6 p.m., as the journey’s second half “became a roadshow”. As Mr. Patel’s cavalcade approaches, the drumbeats get more frenzied, the cries of “Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar” louder.As his SUV slows down, it is showered with marigold garlands.Mr Patel is sitting in front, next to the driver shaking hands with supporters through the window. Suddenly he leaps up, his torso and head vanish through the window. The crowd goes mad. The vehicle sways dangerously as Patel youth surround it, beating at the windows. Finally, he slides back into his seat, rolls up the window and turns to speak.Mr Patel may be just 23, but he has a practised air. The demand for reservation for the Patidars, he says, need not clash with that of other sections such as the OBCs and Dalits. “There are ways in which our demand for reservation can be accommodated, perhaps through a constitutional amendment,” he says.Social changes, he says, are key to political changes. “The social changes are already taking place — people are coming out on the streets and raising their voices. This will be followed by political changes,” he says.He clarifies that neither he nor his colleagues in the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti will join politics, form a political party or contest elections. “If the people are strong, then their voices will be raised inside [the government] … We have to become conscious first, not our politicians.”At Umrada, Mr. Patel’s supporters, a majority of them young men, have been waiting patiently. The public meeting has been dubbed a “Yodha Sammelan” (a gathering of warriors).Photos of Sardar Patel, Shivaji, Bhagat Singh and Hardik Patel stare out at the crowds from the backdrop on the stage. Just beneath the stage, the secular and the religious mingle on a little table: a brass lamp stands before images of Sardar Patel and of Khodiyar Ma and Umiya Ma, the community deities of the Leuva and Kadawa Patels, respectively, belying the BJP line that Mr. Patel only represents the Kadawas. Conscious perhaps that the emphasis on Patels — or Patidars — could alienate other communities, Mr. Patel is greeted on stage by members from the Kshatriya, Ahir, Muslim and other communities, recalling Madhavsinh Solanki’s KHAM politics — with a twist.But that’s not the only surprise: the Patidar goddesses are propitiated with an unusual arati that only the 20-somethings could have thought up. An announcement is made and the entire audience switch on the torches on their mobile phones. In the darkness, the thousands of torches create magic for a few moments.As he rises to speak, the crowd breaks into a frenzied chant of “Hardik, Hardik”. Mr. Patel calms them down and says he is fighting not for power, but for education and jobs so that they can “live with honour in society”. But the prosperous society he dreams of will be for all Gujaratis, he says. The BJP must be defeated.“We don’t believe in their cry of “Jai Shri Ram”, we just say, “Ram Ram [a common greeting in Village India]”.Ultimatum to CongressMr. Patel also issued ultimatum to the Congress to clear its stand on the Patidar community’s demand for quota by November 3. “The Congress must clarify how it proposes to give reservations constitutionally by November 3, 2017,” Mr. Patel tweeted.(With Mahesh Langa)Click here to read the full interviewlast_img read more