13 June, 2021

The Grapes Left On The Vine

Baramati: Sharad Pawar

Apoorva Salkade
The Grapes Left On The Vine
Baramati town, a five-hour drive from Mumbai, is testimony to a development powered by politics, profit and personal vision. You name it and it’s here: a range of industries, farm innovation, educational initiatives, well-laid roads, malls, a rash of gleaming cars, all this with a liberal dose of history, legends and syncretic Maratha-Mughal culture thrown in.

Going past the temple town of Jejuri and Morgaon, as you enter Baramati town, the landscape suddenly transforms: the benchmarks of development are scattered all over. The town showcases Sharad Pawar’s abilities and vision. For four interrupted decades, Pawar has represented Baramati—initially in the state legislature and later the Lok Sabha. Pawar is god here; the older Baramatikars worship him, the younger generation believes he can be their messiah. They would have preferred to vote for him again, but Pawar...

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