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    Sounds like a great All-Amsrican kid.. I believe that Allen s sister wrote a book describing him as a bully and a towell-snapper. I think this pretty much
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 26, 2006
      Sounds like a great All-Amsrican kid.. I believe that
      Allen's sister wrote a book describing him as a bully
      and a 'towell-snapper.' I think this pretty much tanks
      his 08 presidential hopes and, according to his senate
      race oopponent Jim Webb's campaign manager, pulled
      Webb within 3 points in one non-partisan poll.


      --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

      > Fairfax Native Says Allen's Words Stung
      > By Fredrick Kunkle
      > Washington Post Staff Writer
      > Friday, August 25, 2006; B01
      > S.R. Sidarth had built an impressive record of
      > achievements for such a
      > young man: straight-A student at one of Fairfax
      > County's finest high
      > schools, a tournament chess player, a quiz team
      > captain, a
      > sportswriter at his college newspaper, a Capitol
      > Hill intern and an
      > active member of the Hindu temple his parents helped
      > establish in
      > Maryland.
      > But for all his achievements, the moment that thrust
      > him into the
      > national spotlight this month came when Sen. George
      > Allen (R-Va.)
      > called him "macaca."
      > The remark stung the young man of Indian descent.
      > What hurt more,
      > Sidarth said, was when Allen gave him a sarcastic
      > welcome to his own
      > country, his birthplace even. It was too ironic, he
      > thought. "I was
      > born and raised in Fairfax County, and he's from
      > California," said
      > S.R. Sidarth, wearing khaki shorts, a yellow
      > short-sleeve shirt and
      > flip-flops a week after the incident during an
      > interview at the
      > campaign headquarters of Allen's opponent, Democrat
      > James Webb.
      > The full name of the suddenly famous 20-year-old is
      > Shekar Ramanuja
      > Sidarth. Following Indian custom, he goes by his
      > surname. To some of
      > his friends, he is simply "Sid."
      > He returned this week to the University of Virginia,
      > where he is a
      > senior majoring in American government and computer
      > engineering.
      > Before college, Sidarth lived a somewhat typical,
      > but distinguished,
      > Fairfax County life. He attended the elite Thomas
      > Jefferson High
      > School, where he had a 4.1 grade-point average and
      > scored 1550 on his
      > SATs. He was a member of the chess club and the
      > Spanish Honor Society
      > and participated in the quiz show "It's Academic."
      > At 6 feet 4 inches
      > tall, he also played defensive end, tight end,
      > punter and kicker for
      > the school's football team.
      > Sidarth was ambivalent about his sudden celebrity.
      > He twiddled a pen
      > as he talked about his life, at times barely raising
      > his eyes from the
      > office desk where he was sitting. "I was just doing
      > my job, and I got
      > sort of pulled into this," he said.
      > Sidarth said the Allen incident hasn't turned him
      > off from politics,
      > though he's ruled out becoming a politician himself.
      > Right now he
      > thinks it's more likely that he'll become an
      > environmental lawyer.
      > Growing up, Sidarth was consumed by chess, testing
      > his mettle against
      > computers and in tournaments. As an 11-year-old, he
      > paid attention
      > when IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated Russian chess
      > master Garry
      > Kasparov in a legendary showdown between man and
      > machine.
      > "I guess I was pretty introverted. I guess being an
      > only child was
      > part of that. I was on the computer a lot," Sidarth
      > said.
      > At U-Va., he joined the Quizbowl team and the
      > Cavalier Daily. He also
      > worked part time at the library and spent a term in
      > Barcelona last
      > fall, studying Spanish law and politics.
      > The Webb campaign wasn't Sidarth's first venture
      > into politics. In
      > 2003, he contributed $2,000 to the presidential
      > campaign of Sen.
      > Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), according to campaign
      > finance records.
      > The next summer, he was an intern in Lieberman's
      > office.
      > His political interests follow family tradition. His
      > great-grandfather
      > accompanied Mahatma Gandhi to London for talks on
      > political reform.
      > His grandfather, R. Srinivasan, was secretary of the
      > World Health
      > Organization in the 1990s. His father, Shekar
      > Narasimhan, aided some
      > political campaigns, usually for Democrats but not
      > always, Sidarth said.
      > Sidarth's father, a prosperous mortgage banker, came
      > to the United
      > States to study about 25 years ago. His mother,
      > Charu, a teacher of
      > Indian classical dance, followed later.
      > Both played important roles in the founding of Sri
      > Siva Vishnu Temple
      > in Lanham, one of the largest Hindu temples in the
      > country, said
      > Narayanswami Subramanian, the temple's president.
      > Shekar Narasimhan is
      > a trustee emeritus, Charu Narasimhan chairs the
      > board of trustees and
      > Sidarth volunteers there.
      > "They've instilled in him all the values that are
      > important to a
      > Hindu: being honest, working hard," Subramanian
      > said.
      > Ali Batouli, a senior biology major at Stanford
      > University who
      > befriended Sidarth in a 10th-grade calculus class,
      > said Sidarth could
      > solve complicated math problems in his head faster
      > than anyone else.
      > As a high school senior, Sidarth also seemed to know
      > more than his
      > Advanced Placement classmates about Virginia and
      > United States
      > government history, Batouli said.
      > Once, Batouli recalled, a roomful of Thomas
      > Jefferson students were
      > competing in an online academic contest against
      > schools across the
      > country. Sidarth answered most of the questions,
      > helping the team to
      > vanquish much of the competition.
      > "He basically knows a lot about a lot," Batouli, 20,
      > said by telephone
      > this week.
      > But Sidarth was not the kind to raise his hand a lot
      > or show off, and
      > he was interested in public service before any of
      > his peers were,
      > Batouli said. "On the weekends or something, I'd
      > call him, and he'd be
      > volunteering somewhere," Batouli said.
      > It was his volunteering that started the clock on
      > his 15 minutes of fame.
      > On Aug. 7, Sidarth was given a digital camcorder, a
      > copy of Webb's
      > Republican opponent's schedule and orders to record
      > Allen during his
      > "Listening Tour" of Virginia. It is a routine
      > campaign practice known
      > as tracking, and both sides were doing it.
      > Sidarth set off in a dark green, 1996 Volvo 960 with
      > a faded American
      > flag decal in the rear window and a washed-out "God
      > Bless America"
      > sticker on the rear bumper.
      > At campaign stops, Sidarth said he and Allen's aides
      > made small talk
      > about the long trek, whether they had slept well and
      > the name of the
      > staffer from Allen's campaign who was doing what he
      > was doing --
      > keeping an eye on the opponent.
      > At one stop, the senator had even walked up and
      > shaken Sidarth's hand.
      > Allen asked him his name and what company he was
      > from,
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