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From 50 Years Ago (8 April 2006)

particular hierarchy of Delhi society manages to get away with the ball, helped and FROM 50 YEARS AGO happens to lead you, you see things with aided by his expert and experienced aides. your own eyes which you had never quite The reference earlier to being with the right believed to be possible. The round of festi-people and the right crowd, however, needs vities, of sprinkling colours and of being a qualification. It is an important facility rather sprinkled on, includes in turn visits to the than an essential need. For, believe it or not, Prime Minister

particular hierarchy of Delhi societymanages to get away with the ball, helped and

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

happens to lead you, you see things withaided by his expert and experienced aides.your own eyes which you had never quiteThe reference earlier to being with the rightbelieved to be possible. The round of festi-people and the right crowd, however, needsvities, of sprinkling colours and of beinga qualification. It is an important facility rathersprinkled on, includes in turn visits to thethan an essential need. For, believe it or not, Prime Minister’s House, the Rashtrapatithe Prime Minister is at home to everybody;Vol VIII, No 14, April 7, 1956 Bhawan and the humbler, though fairlyso is the President, and so are most of the

spacious, residence of the Vice-President.people who count...When Delhi Goes Red… Cabinet Ministers and Ministers without If Hindu society thought out this deception(Off the record) Cabinet rank, not to speak of Members ofin order to keep people in their proper

Parliament and others, are thrown in goodplaces and to prevent the suppressed ones

There is one day every year when Delhimeasure into the round and need no separatefrom revolting against their social oppresliterally goes red. That is the day of the Holi.mention nor do they demand a visit to theirsors, it has done so with devilish perfection.To be in Delhi on this day is an experiencerespective residences. You run into them asOne can witness it on the lawn and the never to be forgotten. As in other things,a matter of course in the Prime Minister’s wide drive of the Prime Minister’s House you have to be with the right people and inHouse, or rather on the lawn and the wide on the day of the Holi. Such an uninhibitedthe right place. If you are, and if you allowdrive of that house which are crowded with mingling of people can be seen in no otheryourself to be carried away by the spirit ofmerry-makers, with the Prime Ministercountry with the possible exception ofthe festivities and let yourself be ledparrying the crowd, following a techniquesome Latin American countries on the daywherever the spirit of the festivities in a not unlike that of the Rugby player who of the Fiesta.

Economic and Political Weekly April 8, 2006

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