By Shekhar Gupta
Watching for India: the simplest Of nationwide curiosity is a set of subject matters mentioned below well known columnist Shekhar Gupta’s, nationwide curiosity. nationwide curiosity is a weekly column within the Indian convey that he writes. This booklet provides readers a sneak peek on the altering face of Indian politics, and different nationwide concerns that came about over the last twenty years. It provides those occasions as they've got seemed within the columns, and during the phrases of the professional author, Shekhar Gupta.
Shekar before everything begun writing nationwide curiosity within the yr 1997, starting with a sarcastic dig on Sitaram Kesri and his objectives. on account that then, this column won acceptance, and Shekhar via his writing, persisted to deliver out the truth and fact at the back of delicate matters. Shekar’s unparalleled writing abilities of dissecting the proof, to arrive the guts of the difficulty has won him a wide readership. masking a number of themes, from the ruling and situation of the Congress, to Modi’s upward push as a pacesetter, and from the Girhotra’s case to the newest Delhi gangrape, this e-book portrays India in its real experience and courses the reader in figuring out the rustic.
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I only strayed into that most vaunted—and fun—part of our profession. Once in a while when the senior political dadas were not available for some reason. Or when, as a cub reporter usually left to cover crime in a city so benign it averaged only six murders a year (Chandigarh) or dealing with what was called, in typically vicious newsroom language, trayand-fire (the clip-tray with press releases like some ‘Lions Club’ celebrating Diwali with ‘pump and show’, and the routine call to the fire department before going home), you were told to go to the usually empty state assemblies late afternoon when real business was over and members’ private motions were discussed.
The truth was, I had never met Rao one on one. J. Akbar, who had till recently been a Congress MP. The very next day I was summoned to see Rao. He sat, or sort of stretched out, on his sofa, an apron round his neck, half sipping and half dripping his porridge. After I had told him of the conversation, I pleaded with him never to tell anybody I had, inadvertently, become a messenger as I was better off just being a journalist. This was the only time he smiled, or in fact showed any expression. He pointed a finger to his ear, then down towards his belly, slapped it, and crossed his arms.
He is now the DGP of Haryana and continues to be in that job despite the chargesheet. Here, Advaniji, is a first in your long and distinguished political career—someone charged in a court with molesting a fourteen-year-old child, yet commanding the police force next door to Delhi. Surely, Sardar Patel wouldn’t have approved of this. Had Ruchika survived the trauma, had she been stronger, born with a thicker skin, she would have been a woman of twenty-four. She would, by now, have voted in three elections, may have even raised a family of her own.