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|The website had published the story on January 19, which Poonam Pandey |
had immediately dismissed as fake. Twitter pic
Model and actress Poonam Pandey says she has sent a defamation notice to a media house seeking Rs 100 crore in damages after it published a scandalous allegation.
The website had published the story on January 19, which Poonam Pandey had immediately dismissed as fake. She had also tweeted saying she would take legal action. She had posted another tweet attaching an excerpt of the legal notice sent to the publication.
Poonam Pandey told The Times of India that she called up the reporter and asked if she had any evidence. The reporter allegedly told her that “”…There was no proof, but got to know about it from somewhere.”
"I have filed a Rs 100 crore defamation case against the media house,” she told TOI.
Poonam Pandey has been in and out of controversies over her continuous stream of revealing pictures and videos. Most recently, she had posted a jiggling video posing as Santa.
She said the report had hurt her for the first time in her career. Even her parents, who had never questioned her, asked her about the report, she added.
outraging my modesty, how can one be so irresponsible common guys can't u double check before filing any crap hitting one below the belt— Poonam Pandey (@iPoonampandey) January 19, 2016
Here is my legal team taking action against the false news.. pic.twitter.com/6UrCh1CENw— Poonam Pandey (@iPoonampandey) January 19, 2016
|We are not sure if the story is true but it is similar to an incident again involving a |
kind-hearted man from Kerala. - Image for representation
January 21, 2016, NewsCrunch
A story of a kind Kerala man, who invited two rag-picker children for dinner, is going viral.
The man goes to a small hotel in Malappuram for dinner and sees two rag-picker children peering inside through the window.
He calls them in and orders food. The children wash their hands, eat quietly and leave.
When he asks for the bill, it comes. There is no amount mentioned, just a handwritten message. It reads:
We are not sure if the story is true, but it is similar to an incident again involving a kind-hearted man from Kerala.
Dr P C Alexander from
The photo of him eating with the kids had gone viral sometime ago.
|Stray reports blamed Farhan’s growing proximity with a co-star. |
But the couple seems to have grown apart...
January 21, 2016, NewsCrunch
Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna have ended their 15-year-long marriage.
They released a statement on Wednesday saying they had decided to mutually and amicably separate and requested media to respect their privacy.
The couple was known to be very close despite the substantial age difference between them - Adhuna was Farhan’s senior by six years.
They had a successful professional collaboration as well with Adhuna playing a strong creative role in all of Farhan’s projects.
Stray reports blamed Farhan’s growing proximity with a co-star. But the couple seems to have grown apart and in the recent weeks had stopped appearing together.
The couple had met during the making of Dil Chaahta hai, Farhan’s directorial debut. Adhuna played a big role in giving the movie a stylish makeover, including crafting the hairstyle of Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan.
Adhuna, a successful entrepreneur, runs a chain of saloons, BBlunt. She describes herself as a hands-on mom, who sends her daughters to school every day and is around when they come back.
Statement released by Adhuna and Farhan announcing their separation
This is to announce that we, Adhuna and Farhan, have mutually and amicably decided to separate. Our children remain our priority and it is immensely important to us, as responsible parents, that they be protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. We sincerely request that we are given the privacy that is required at this time to move forward in a dignified manner.
Video: In an old Simi garewal show, Farhan and Adhuna reveal how they fell for each other
|Tim Friede taking a snake bite at his home in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin |
January 21, 2016, NewsCrunch
Tim Friede, from
In the last 16 years he has inflicted upon himself 160 bites from poisonous snakes.
A chilling video shows him pulling out a black mamba at his home and offering his hand to the poisonous creature.
The snake delivers two back-to-back bites and he bleeds profusely, but survives with a smile.
Tim Friede does this in the name of science – to help scientists develop a human vaccine for snake bites.
His effort seems to be paying off. His body has double the amount of antibodies to snake venom, according to Dr Brian Hanley, a PhD Microbiologist from the
Dr Brian Hanley told Daily Mail that his company Butterfly Sciences would help Tim develop his vaccine.
His wife of 20 years divorced him over his obsession with snakes.
But there is no stopping Tim Friede, who continues to keep five deadly snakes at his home for his experiments.
Wisconsin man likes to get bitten by deadly snakes to develop immunity to poison (Watch video)
|The man with the golden heart has been identified as the Dubai-based engineer Akhilesh Kumar|
January 21, 2016, NewsCrunch
The heart-warming viral story from Kerala that took over the Internet on Thursday is only partly true and comes with a disappointing twist.
The man with the golden heart has been identified as the Dubai-based engineer Akhilesh Kumar; the hotel which hosted the incident is Hotel Sabrina on Pattambhi Road, Mallapuram.
When NewsCrunch took note of the story in the afternoon, key details were missing and we stated that we could not ascertain if it was true.
To recap, Akhilesh Kumar had gone to Hotel Sabrina for dinner. He saw two rag-picker children, a brother and sister, looking through the glass window from outside.
He invited them in and bought them food, which they ate and left quietly. When he asked for the bill, it came but without any amount mentioned. It just carried a hand-written message in Malayalam:
"We don't have a machine that can bill humanity. May good happen to you."
Akhilesh Kumar's generosity and the cashier's poetic large-hearted response made people cry and the story went viral.
|The incident occurred at Hotel Sabrina on Pattambhi Road, Mallapuram.|
Pic courtesy - Southlive.in
1) The incident, according to Akhilesh Kumar, occurred in 2013. He wrote about it on his Facebook page only this month.
2) After the story went viral, reporters went to Hotel Sabrina to trace the cashier who had written the stunning message. But he could not be found. The hotel owner and none of the other staff could not remember the incident.
3) Akhilesh Kumar told media that he did not get any bill from the cashier, who seems to have just waived it off. So, who wrote the message on the bill, the image of which has gone viral. Akhilesh Kumar himself. He says he downloaded the bill from the Net and wrote the line.
But he vouches that the incident is for real. He says in 2013 he used to live in a nearby place and would go to the restaurant to eat. He was eating parota and chicken one day when he saw two kids staring. He called them in and bought them food.
4) To be fair to Akhilesh Kumar, he seems to have written the incident as a story and not as a recollection of an actual incident. He also had not reportedly revealed details of the hotel or about himself in the post.
But then he was not counting on nosy reporters to snoop on his Facebook page and start the hunt.
Here is a story to make you cry - kind Kerala man invites poor kids for dinner and something incredible happens to him
|The official claims that the porn clip played accidentally when |
he tried to check updates on a Whats App group.
Anil Sharma, a zonal officer of Bhopal Municipal Corporation, was suspended on Thursday for watching porn during an official meeting,
Bhopal Municipal Commissioner Tejaswi Naik said he had seen the video clip and had found the officer guilty, reports Indian Express.
As the meeting dragged on, several bored officials pulled out their mobile phones an started fiddling with it.
A video shows Anil Sharma watching porn, which has been blurred, in the footage that has been released by the media. Half way through he comes aware that the act is being recorded by a camera and looks up to get a glance.
He later claimed that the porn clip played accidentally when he tried to check updates on a Whats App group. Anil Sharma said as he did not know how to operate the smartphone, he could not turn it off.
Video: Watch Bhopal municipal officer watching porn during meeting to increase revenue
Watch it to believe it! Municipal Zonal Officer watches porn during key meet in Bhopal #PorngateBabuhttps://t.co/v8vrZuCheX— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 21, 2016
|Adhuna was getting fed up... I think eventually with Wazir she threw in the towel, says a director.|
January 22, 2016, NewsCrunch
Farhan Akhtar's crackling chemistry with Wazir co-star Aditi Rao Hydari was reportedly the last straw that broke the camel's back, in this case his 15-year-old marriage with Adhuna Bhabani.
Farhan had identified the kitchen scene in which he reconciles with Aditi as his favourite moment in the movie. In the scene, he tries to help an unhappy Aditi in doing the dishes but gets rebuffed. When he starts leaving, she holds him back.
There was also an intense lovemaking scene between Farhan and Aditi, which looked so sensuous, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra decided to chop it off to avoid problems with the censor board.
Quoting Bollywood grapevine, The Telegraph said the scene was "...The last straw that broke the actor-director's 16-year marriage with hair stylist Adhuna Bhabani."
Of course, no Bollywood marriage crumbles over a scene, however passionate. But The Telegraph quoted an unnamed director saying gossip has linked Farhan to other women over the years testing Adhuna's patience.
The director is quoted saying Farhan had been involved with an assistant director while shooting Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Then, on the sets of Dil Dhadakne Do Farhan was reportedly linked to another co star.
"Adhuna was getting fed up... I think eventually with Wazir she threw in the towel," said the director.
Adhuna is Farhan's second wife. He had been briefly married to Riya Jain after a long relationship with Suman Ranganathan.
She was born in London to a Bengali father and a British mother. She grew up in London and came to India for the first time after her father's death to meet his family in Calcutta.
Adhuna made her Bollywood debut as hairstylist in Dil Chahta Hai, which was Farhan's maiden venture as director.
She runs a hugely successful BBlunt salons and has now launched a range of hair products by the same name.
Farhan Akhtar, wife Adhuna split after 15 years of marriage - release separation statement (With video)
|Twitter bashes Nayantara and team for running political |
campaign through award wapsi
Noted writer and Nehru clan member Nayantara Sahgal has agreed to take back the award from Sahitya Akademi, which she had returned last year protesting rising intolerance in the country.
ABP Live reports that nine other writers have agreed to take back the award though only Rajasthani writer Nand Bhardwaj has gone on record till now confirming the development.
About 40 writers had returned their awards over the Akademi's silence and inaction over the killing of rationalists.
The Akademi has also returned a Rs One lakh cheque, which she said would be used on worthwhile causes.
Bhardwaj told HT that he was “satisfied” with the response of the Akademi.
Yielding to the pressure from writers Sahitya Akademi had passed a resolution in October condemning the murders. But it remains to be seen how other writers who had returned the award would react to the development.
Shashi Deshpande, for instance, had said clearly that she was returning the award as the Academy had failed to address the issue. She had pointed out instances in which Akademi had a chance to respond but had failed to do so.
While the response of other writers is awaited, Twitter is aleady out with its verdict. Nayantara and team seems to be heading for some serious bashing over what many described as politically motivated campaign.
Twitter bashes Nayantara and team for running political campaign through award wapsi
Award Wapsi circus, including Nayantara Sahgal, to take awards back: https://t.co/ik2qo1B6lM | Mwahaha! India is suddenly tolerant again :-D— Jaideep A. Prabhu (@orsoraggiante) January 22, 2016
Take back the awards quickly, will have to return it back again before Bengal elections @BJPSamvadWB#AwardWapsihttps://t.co/opvJj2qrdt— Poulastya Dutta (@Poulastya) January 22, 2016
While Nayantara Sahgal, the queen of #awardwapsi drama takes back her returned award, this horrifying... https://t.co/Rx0ZmdlXTI— beloo (@beloome) January 22, 2016
hahahaha Well, she need something to return before upcoming elections in WB, UP etc to help restore SICKularism :P https://t.co/UUDAmCUZTQ— Partha Chakraborty (@ChakPartha) January 22, 2016
@taslimanasreen Nayantara Sahgal hav become famous coz she is related to Nehru clan but not due to her writing skills @the_hindu— 18tillidie (@sidpatil) January 10, 2016
|Dr Anjali Ramkissoon has been suspended from clinical duties pending inquiry (Video below)|
An Indian-origin doctor, Anjali Ramkissoon, went viral after she was caught on camera attacking an Uber driver in
Dr Anjali Ramkissoon, 30, is a fourth-year neurology resident at Jackson Health System. She has been suspended from clinical duties pending inquiry. Hospital authorities say Dr Anjali Ramkissoon may even face termination.
She got into an Uber cab without a reservation and created a ruckus when the driver asked her to leave.
|Dr Anjali Ramkissoon has deleted her social media accounts since and gone offline. (Video below)|
Dr Anjali Ramkissoon was handcuffed by the police, who did not arrest her, as the driver settled for a cash compensation and declined to press the charges.
The video was uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday, but went viral on Thursday after the media picked up the story.
Dr Anjali Ramkissoon: Drunk Indian-origin doctor attacks Uber driver, creates ruckus, goes viral (Watch video)
|Captain Sreekumar has taken a video of a high-speed race between planes at 35,000 feet in the air (Video below)|
January 22, 2016, NewsCrunch
A video, filmed by him from a B777 cockpit, shows the larger B747 overtaking B737 with ease but in a mesmerising visual.
Boeing 747 can fly at 613 mph, while a Boeing 737-800 can reach a top speed of only 543 mph.
Though the video was filmed in 2011, it was re-discovered by the media recently. They went gaga over “three huge passenger planes staging a high-speed drag race,” and sent it viral.
Experts were quoted saying the situation was normal for planes flying at different altitudes and what is shown in the video was perfectly safe for passengers.
The video was uploaded by Captain Sreekumar’s friend Praveen Sagar.
Viral video: Huge passenger plane overtakes another at 35,000 feet in the air
|As the Modi began to speak, Ram Karan and Amrendra Kumar got up and |
shouted – Narendra Modi Murdabad (Video below)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convocation address at Babasaheb Bhimrao Amebdakar University (BBAU) on Friday faced with a minor disturbance when two students shouted slogans at him.
As the Modi began to speak, Ram Karan and Amrendra Kumar got up and shouted – Narendra Modi Murdabad.
Both of them are said to be bright SC/ST students, who had been invited to receive medals at the convocation.
The police were quick to act; as a video footage shows, they pounced upon the protesters and dragged them away.
|The protesters are said to be bright SC/ST students, who had been invited to receive |
medals at the convocation. (Video below)
Ram Karan and Amrendra Kumar, were arrested and released later in evening
on personal bonds.
They had reportedly tried to disrupt Modi’s speech to protest the suicide of
Over 600 students attended the convocation on Friday noon.
Video: Watch students shouting slogans against Modi during
convocation address Amebdakar University
|Happy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cast - Le, sabka divorce hogaya!|
With Farhan Akhtar and wife of 15 years Adhuna separating, the jinx of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
All of its lead cast - Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin and Katrina Kaif - have separated from their wives or husbands or live-in partners.
The 2011 hit movie was about self-discovery and finding the truth in relationships even if it got messy. Elements of the film seem to have eerily played out in real life of the actors as well.
The first to go on the Splitville road, after the movie released, was Kalki Koechlin. She had married filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in 2011. In late 2013, they issued a joint statement saying that they were getting separated and eventually filed for divorce.
Abhay Deol, the reluctant groom in the movie, was third. He was in a live-in with actress Preeti Desai since 2011. The couple called it off in 2015.
The love lives of the remaining two - Katrina Kaif and Farhan Akhtar - unravelled almost simultaneously.
Katrina's increasing rocky relationship with live-in boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor reportedly ended this month. It was almost immediately followed up by Farhan and wife Adhuna issuing a separation statement.
Best tweets: Celebration on Twitter after the entire cast of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara separates from their partners
Cheers Sabka Divorce Hogeya :D Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara pic.twitter.com/LzDy9gm4Kh— Creative Pagal (@creativepagal) January 22, 2016
The Moment When U Divorce Your Wife :P Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara pic.twitter.com/00pZuEZUPV— Creative Pagal (@creativepagal) January 22, 2016
Le iska bhi talak hogeya :P Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara pic.twitter.com/Y11niOipFk— Creative Pagal (@creativepagal) January 22, 2016
This Remix of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara on Tinder https://t.co/ib2ySkYf1X #funny#tinderpic.twitter.com/lLLwtqiJoR— fundaat (@fundaatweb) January 22, 2016
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara couples but #ZNMD2 Singles only— Junayd (@i_Junayd) January 22, 2016
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cast are now single in their respective personal lives..!!! @iHrithik@FarOutAkhtar#KatrinaKaif— saisrinivas (@saisrinivas789) January 22, 2016
Divorce Done...Now it's to time to disco :D Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara :) pic.twitter.com/lSf1uZ1DkK— Creative Pagal (@creativepagal) January 22, 2016
lol zindagi na milegi dobara can be renamed to shaadi/relationship na karenge dobara!! full cast have broken up or divorced their partner— ... (@divsrg) January 22, 2016
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Back 😂😂😂😂😝😝😝 pic.twitter.com/WRcy9ge6m1— Payel Mukherjee (@lovleypayel) January 22, 2016
Farhan Akhtar's chemistry with Aditi Rao Hydari in Wazir was reportedly the last straw for Adhuna
|Mallika performed to Krishna Nee Begane Baro, while other students stood around the body depicting dance mudras.|
Twitter pic - Video below
January 23, 2016, NewsCrunch
Celebrated danseuse Mrinalini Sarabhai received an unusual but fitting farewell from her daughter Mallika on Friday.
Mallika performed a mournful dance as a farewell gesture to her mother and guru, who had made a colossal contribution to promote classical Indian dance worldwide.
Mrinalini passed away on Thursday at 97 due to age-related complications in Ahmedabad.
Her body, draped in a red saree and with ghungroo on her feet, was placed on the dance floor of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, which she had founded in 1949.
Mrinalini mprtal remains were later consigned to flames at a farmhouse in Pethapur area of Gandhinagar.
Popularly known as Amma, Mrinalini, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was the wife of Indian scientist the late Vikram Sarabhai,
In unusual but fitting sendoff Mallika Sarabhai a mournful dance over her mother Mrinalini's mortal remains (Watch video)
|The report, a little sketchy, even says Mahesh had tried to sell his kidney in desperation.|
January 23, 2016, NewsCrunch
Mahesh Balmiki, a second-year mining student at IIT-BHU, has reportedly dropped out to work as a sweeper due to poverty.
The Times of India reports that Mahesh’s father is paralysed and mother is a domestic help. Without support he had to take up a job as sweeper at his village in Rajasthan's Alwar, for just Rs 4,000 a month.
There was some help from social activist Sandeep Pandey, who was at IIT-BHU, as a contract lecturer. Pandey reached out to BHU alumni to raise funds to pay off Mahesh’s loan.
It is not clear why Pandey did not press the alumni further to save Mahesh's studies.
Pandey himself was controversially terminated by IIT-BHU allegedly for being a Naxal sympathiser.
The Times of India report, a little sketchy, even says Mahesh had tried to sell his kidney in desperation. But there were no takers as he was a dalit, he claims.
|The cost of fabricating India’s record tricolour came to Rs 1.25 crore - Pic and video courtesy: Sushil Ankan|
January 23, 2016, NewsCrunch
The Ranchi Hill was once called Phansi Tongri as the British used to hang freedom fighters there.
The Ranchi Hill tricolour measures a massive 99X66 feet and flies on the country's tallest flagpost at 293 feet. Since it is located on a hill, the tip of the flagpole is almost 500 feet from the ground.
The cost of fabricating the world’s largest and tallest Indian flag came to Rs 1.25 crore and was raised through voluntary donations and government contribution.
The flag is the handiwork of the committee that manages the iconic Pahari Mandir, which stands atop the Ranchi Hill.
Video: Watch the hoisting of the
India’s biggest tricolour at Ranchi
|The female dino is not happy, breaks away and snarling, while the male retreats in shame. (Video below)|
It’s pre-historic times. A male and female T-Rex s come together for a ferocious makeout. The female dino is not happy, breaks away and snarling, while the male retreats in shame.
So, how do you avoid this fate? The question is for the males of the human species. By using Okamoto Zero One condom, of course.
The flagship brand of the company is just 0.01mm thick and is said to guarantee performance, as the ad claims.
Dinosaur sex: Okamoto breaks new ground in condom ad – that’s what makes it Number one brand in
|The urn at Renkoji temple containing Subhas Chandra Bose’s ashes.|
Successive Indian governments refused to bring back Subhas Chandra Bose’s ashes to the country from
Instead, the opted to pay
Netaji’s family and political parties such as Forward Block were sceptical that Netaji had died in a plane crash in 1945.
Fearing an adverse reaction from them, Indian governments opted to keep the ashes at the Renkoji temple.
In August 1976, TV Tajeswar, joint director in the Intelligence Bureau, noted that ashes should not be brought back as they would “create complications”.
He warned that if the ashes were brought back, the government would be accused of “foisting a false story upon the people of West Bengal and
The government also started paying Renkoji temple in 1967 for the upkeep of the urn containing ashes.
After 2002, Yen 1 million has been given annually from the Special Diplomatic Expenditure budget.
The revelations are part of the 100 secret papers on Netaji de-classified by Modi government on Saturday.
Renkoji Temple , where Netaji's Ashes are Preserved, Tokyo, Japan
|Ramchandra Guha has written extensively on the events of the Independence era.|
Noted historian Ramchandra Guha has dismissed a letter that was allegedly written by Jawaharlal Nehru calling Subhas Chanrda Bose, a war criminal, as fake .
The controversial letter on Netaji, which has been attributed to Nehru is dated Dec 27, 1945. It is addressed to Prime Minister of England, Clement Attlee, and refers to Netaji as a 'war criminal.'
The letter has been in circulation for sometime and different variants of it have been available in social media for sometime now. There is one version loaded with spelling mistakes, typing
Nehru’s critics have cited the letter as evidence of his antipathy to Netaji, while Nehru’s supporters have dismissed it as propaganda.
But a report filed by India Today on Saturday gave it credence and sent it viral.
|A report filed by India Today on Saturday gave credence to the alleged letter and sent it viral|
His report, published before the 100 files were declassified on Saturday, was based on “sources in the Modi government who have knowledge of the Netaji files.”
Kanwal also added that the “letter by Nehru was likely to set off a political furore in India as it feeds the long held notion that Nehru was unfair to the legacy of the great Netaji Bose.”
Aaj Tak TV, also from India Today group, reported on the letter.
There seems to be some support to Guha’s claim that the letter is fake.
A DNAreport publishes a newly declassified file in which the UK Government says it had not classified Netaji as a war criminal.
Full text of the war criminal letter on Netaji “written by Nehru”
Dec 27, 1945
"Dear Mr Attlee,
I understand from reliable sources that Suhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians as
To those who asked, the letter allegedly written by Nehru to Attlee about Bose is completely inauthentic.— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) January 23, 2016
Indian governments refused to bring back Netaji’s ashes; they pay Tokyo’s Renkoji temple one million yen to look after the urn
|Shahrukh and Aamir have been in hot water with their remarks on intolerance. |
But Saif, who has not spoken on the subject, still got slammed, by Uma.
January 24, 2016, NewsCrunch
Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti warned Bollywood actors Shah Rukh, Aamir and Saif Ali Khans on Saturday, asking them to focus on their profession and not play politics.
She also said hey had hurt India's image with their statements.
Shahrukh and Aamir have been in hot water with their remarks on intolerance. But Saif, who has not spoken on the subject, still got slammed.
Appearing on ABP News show Press Conference Uma said, besides Aamir, Shah Rukh, Saif, there were another four or five actors who were making controversial comments. However, she did not name them.
The Telegraph quotes Uma asking Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir not make "make an ideological statement wrapped in politics."
If they do they should "be prepared for a reaction from the other side," she adds.
She pointed out that freedom of expression was not a defence as the other side would also claim the same right.
Uma also assured that if actors remains actors, everybody would like them irrespective of political ideology,
Watch Aamir Khan full video – Why wife Kiran wanted to leave India and why he will not represent only Muslims
|Shah is under pressure to deliver and it seems to have sunk in that he needs to change his track. Party men say it is happening. YouTube screen grab|
January 24, 2016, NewsCrunch
As Amit Shah is set to head BJP for a full three-year term, party insiders expect him to change his style of functioning and assume a consensual approach.
Amit Shah, who led BJP to a spectacular victory, along with Modi, was elevated as BJP president in 2014 to complete the remaining term of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
He lost no time in alienating key sections of the party, who complained of his arrogance and unilateral approach, which relied more on a coterie than tested local leaders of states.
In Delhi, he ignored the claims of popular leaders like Harsh Vardhan and brought in an outsider, Kiran Bedi, to fight a crucial poll. More than the expected negative verdict in Bihar, it was the AAP sweep in the capital that stung him.
The Delhi defeat was particularly humiliating as it came at a time when the Modi aura was still shining bright.
Shah refused to change his approach in the Bihar and relied on a hand-picked team drawn from Delhi and Gujarat, ignoring local BJP leaders. R.K. Singh complained about candidate selection, Shatrughan Sinha was not even enlisted to campaign
After Bihar results, there was a mini revolt by the old guard - L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha - which had been kicked upstairs as margdarshaks.
Shah's second term would see tough assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat, and culminate in the 2019 general elections.
He is under pressure to deliver and it seems to have sunk in that he needs to change his track. Party men say it is happening.
He, of course with Modi's consent, recently allowed BJP Chief Ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh to retain their preferred state unit presidents - Ashok Parnami, Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan and Dharamlal Kaushik, respectively.
The chief ministers - Vasundara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Raman Singh - wanted these incumbent presidents to continue and when they approached Shah they found him surprisingly receptive.
All the state presidents are strong allies of their respective chief ministers. Their continuation in the office would strengthen the CMs politically and increase their bargaining power vis-a-vis Shah and Modi.
This was exactly the scenario Shah worked overtime to avoid in his first term.
To agree to the CMs request for fresh terms for their party chiefs, Shah also had to overlook a strong preference within BJP to have just one term state presidents.
As The Hindu points out atleast in Rajasthan's case Shah was not comfortable with Ashok Parnami getting a fresh term as it clearly puts Raje beyond the reach of the central leadership.
When Raje was embroiled in the Lalit Modi controversy, BJP wanted her to quit, to blunt Congress campaign. But she had successfully rallied her MLAs and resisted Central pressure.
It was Ashok Parnami, as state party head, who had run her campaign, jumping the gun to give her a clean chit, and then by keeping MLAs on her side of the fence.
Accepting him as Rajasthan BJP president is the sign of Amit Shah 2.0, say his party men.