28 September, 2020

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Datun is for all; On sentry duty; The cane packs a sting; The big layoff; Just not in the swing of things

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DANDI, GUJARAT
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At worst political chicanery, at best a throwback to the days when the Congress could still put a great show on the road. That’s what the critics were saying. Still, if you don’t want to give the party credit, then call it an outpouring of affection for the Mahatma. Four lakh people who came to a nondescript coastal village in Gujarat can’t have got it wrong. The crowds wouldn’t stop pouring in even two hours after Sonia Gandhi’s chopper took off. Two words, ‘Dandi Yatra’, reverberated everywhere—on cellphones, trees, village posts, trucks, banners and in jam-packed guesthouses through the main South Gujarat towns leading to Dandi village. Never once on its 384-km route did the 75th anniversary re-enactment of the yatra look a ‘managed’ event. It all started though with some typical misgivings in the media. Questions were raised on why a certain category of VVIPS were lodged in luxury hotels...
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