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The Gujarat Yatra

CNN-IBN Senior Editor Anubha Bhonsle travels through Gujarat to feel the pulse of the 'aam admi' ahead of the all-important state election.

The Patel Prize

by Anubha Bhonsle
Saturday , December 01, 2012 at 16 : 02

The so called Patel mobilization was only a phrase I had a heard till I reached Rajkot. I was going to meet Naresh Patel, the quiet, self assured man who had assumed centrestage in Patel politics and who's two mega shows of strength in the last 11 months had both the BJP and the Congress wooing him. His movements were tracked, his meetings with Patidar ministers were initially seen as signs of his closeness towards one side, but on the face of it Naresh Patel has maintained his movement was an apolitical one, he could be with anyone, yet no one.

His closeness to Bapa though is no secret but talk to him about the Congress and he seems as mild mannered.

"When you have the numbers, everyone comes...Read more...


Nothing Gandhian about Porbandar

by Anubha Bhonsle
Thursday , November 29, 2012 at 20 : 35

Porbandar's hero, perhaps its only claim to fame, the birth place of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. If one was to walk on the streets of Porbandar, the Mahatma would be inconspicous. Yes, there is the ubiquitous Khadi Gram Udyog, even the odd Soda Shop has his picture on the hoardings. A statue on the road leading to Kirti Mandir is trying to keep the Mahatma alive.

Its early in the morning, a few flower sellers are out, traffic is just picking up. Most who have gathered will first make their way to the temple of Srinathji. The shops in the vicinity all cater to the temple, small paper garlands, incense sticks. Some after their prayers will probably venture into Kirti Mandir. The statue on the arterial road that leads to the temple and Kirti Mandir...Read more...



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Nothing Gandhian about Porbandar

Porbandar's hero, perhaps its only claim to fame, the birth place of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. If one was to