I was reading my colleague Sujata Anandan’s blog on her experience with the Gandhis when memories of my first meeting with Indira Gandhi came back to me in its totality.

It was somewhere at the end of 1975 or beginning of 1976 when Prof. V.P.Dutt, former Vice Chancellor of Delhi University gathered a group of students, teachers and employees from the Campus to meet the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  Read more

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While driving down to office I was wondering what should I write in my blog this week. There were so many topics that crossed my mind but I finally decided to pen down my thoughts about my chief reporters, the men who shaped my journalistic career in its initial years. I had the distinction of working with some very fine men who not only guided me through my journalistic journey but also honed my skills. Read more

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For someone like me who was born and grew up in Delhi, this year’s Lok Sabha elections appear to be extremely lack luster. The capital has always had one or two heavy weights contesting from here but it is for the first time that none of the established leaders of long standing is not there in the fray from either of the two main political parties—the Congress and the BJP. Read more

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The shoe throwing incident at a press conference addressed by the union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has both shocked and pained me as a journalist. Jarnail Singh, the Jagran correspondent may have had his reasons for hurling the shoe but to me it amounted to a totally unprofessional conduct. Similar incidents may have taken place elsewhere in the past but this act has no justification in a country where there are so many other and more dignified ways of voicing one’s anger. Read more

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It was during lunch last week when I once again met Raj Kumar Kohli, at present the Vice President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, a lawyer by profession and more importantly, a Dipsite i.e an alumini of the Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. Many years my senior, Kohli got talking about the early years of DPS and said that it had originally started as the Church School from the premises of the Church next to the Viceroy’s house (now Rashtrapati Bhawan). Read more

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