“Spider-Man” Campaigns In India, Climbing Window To Window For Votes

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Tired of politics as usual?  Looking for a superhero to fight political corruption and refuse to accept donations from selfish corporate interests?

Perhaps it’s time to vote for Spider-Man.

Spider-Man climbing window to window for votes

Gaurav Sharma climbs buildings in a Spider-Man costume to find votes.  Seeking to influence the election, where he is running as an independent for a seat in India’s lower parliament, Sharma climbs a building and pops his head into an open window, shouting “Hello everyone!” before he seeks to convert voters by engaging them in the issues of the day while hanging precariously from 60 feet above ground.

"Spider-Man" Campaigns In India, Climbing Window To Window For Votes

He has yet to be shot by someone mistaking him for a burglar.

Sharma, a 32 year old former martial arts trainer for the Mumbai police, seeks to represent South Mumbai as one of 543 legislators in the lower parliament.  He is a black belt in Judo and Goju Rio. He was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal video, which noted he is running against three other candidates, none of whom dress up in a costume and scale local buildings surprising the residents within.

Sharma entered into the Limca Book of Records by climbing the facade of the Shreepati Arcade, one of the tallest buildings in Mumbai, in 19 minutes and 4 seconds.  The act was done as a tribute to the victims of the terror attack in Mumbai.

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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies. - Contact: Mmelin(at)valuewalk.com