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The Race to Raisina

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At this day, At this time, At this point, Almost everybody wants to be the President!


As you step inside the beautiful courtyard, after having gone through numerous security checks, the 'Rashtrapati Bhavan' greets you in full glory. The massive central dome and the nuances of Lutyen's architecture, are too overbearing to take in at one glance. Nevertheless, as your eye quickly scans the outer building, you realize the enormity in its entirety. The red sand in the forecourt casts a deep-orange hue on the walls and quite instantly you are reminded of the true 'red', the blood, which might have flown on these very grounds, in an enslaved India. Quite literally, it did. Not many people are aware but the grounds of Raisina Hill have a murky history. To build this palatial building, hundreds of families, who had been living here for centuries, were made to vacate the area. Those who didn't were forcibly evicted and those who resisted were immediately killed. Ironical…

Hypocrisy Jayate!!

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We Indians are such Hypocrites! Big time, Hypocrites.

Our rules, Our traditions, Our regulations and Our sensibilities are all 'Adjustable' according to our convenience. The moment it suits us, Our Indian-ness is tricked into being Western. While at other times, we turn on our veil of superstitions, disbelief, extensive critique and simplicity, merely to hide under the garb of culture and uniqueness. Nonetheless, here are a few instances that I recently witnessed, which singularly emphasize the point I am trying to convey.


1. The BABA- LAND- Our very own 'Nirmal baba' has been quite an eyeball grabber for the past couple of days. What made one News channel, single out One Baba out of hundreds and run a five day story on him, completely escapes my mind. Maybe the 'STAR'(S) of the channel were running low or maybe they needed a 'Totally Reprehensible Project' (Read TRP) to boost their sagging fortunes. Whatever may have been the reason, the Baba ended up…