Thursday, April 10, 2014

A new capital for Hindu-stan

If our leaders had any sense they would re-locate the capital from Delhi to Nagpur. This is the famous city of Oranges, and it has a zero mile marker indicating the centre-point of India. For now it is the capital of Vidarbha (and winter capital of Maharashtra) and a fully cosmopolitan city (more North Indian flavor than Marathi). 

Nagpur is well connected to rest of India and is closer to most of India than Delhi. Most important, it is proximate to the Adivasi/Maoist belt. The capital re-location would ensure that the heartlands (which presently suffer from sever neglect) get a bit more TLC.

Nagpur is also the home of the RSS and knowledgeable observers of India know of this and are looking ahead (see below). If the BJP comes to power it can shake things up by moving house. If nothing else the people of the Deccan Plateau (South-Central and Southern India) would welcome such a move and may even develop a soft corner for a (primarily) Hindi-belt party. This fellow feeling would be critical for BJP to nurture and develop in order to challenge Congress in those impregnable southern forts.
British high commissioner Sir James David Bevan today visited Nagpur to witness the polling process in Naxal-hit Vidarbha region during the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. 


"I am here to observe the wonderful experience of polling in the world's largest democracy and enjoying it," the senior diplomat told PTI, adding Britain is also keenly following Indian elections.
On why he chose to come to Nagpur when he lived in Delhi, where seven LS seats went to polls on Thursday, James said he wanted to visit other places in the country to keenly watch the democratic process.

James arrived here this morning from Delhi and drove straight to the residence of former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari who is contesting his first Lok Sabha election this time from here. He spent nearly half-an-hour with the 56-year-old stalwart at 'Gadkariwada' in Mahal. Later, James visited some of the polling booths. Gadkari, accompanied by his wife Kanchan and the family, cast his vote in Town Hall polling centre amid media glare.

Ten Lok Sabha constituencies in Vidarbha where polling is underway since 7 AM are Nagpur, Ramtek, Bhandara-Gondia, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur,Akola, Amravati, Buldana, Wardha and Yavatmal-Washim.


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