Not all delays are bad. Dilliwalahs learnt this when the monsoons receded late this year allowing the autumn season to first meekly peep out and then eventually taking center stage. Some people who migrated to Delhi in 2014 or later (the BJP Delhi unit’s chief being one of them) saw Delhi’s clear blue autumn skies for the first time in their lives. They say there is harmony in autumn but that harmony was limited only to blue sky in Delhi. Our friend AK was to address the C40 World Mayors Summit in Denmark but was denied permission by the center. You can trust the babus to deny him permission as the C40 Summit actually is about 94 cities and not 40 (misrepresentation of facts could have been a valid reason for denial!) but no – it was a political decision taken by the current dispensation at the center.
Now, there seems to be something that the BJP and its appointed Lt Governors have with AAP and Scandinavia. In 2016, the then LG, one Mr Jung, asked Manish Sisodia to cut short his trip to Finland and rush back to Delhi because of a spurt of mosquito-related diseases in the capital. Perhaps in anticipation our friend AK started a campaign this time, much in advance, on curtailing mosquito breeding and to control the outbreak of any of those dreaded diseases (he didn’t want to be called back!). Little did he know that the guys at the top are even smarter (or cunning, is it?) – they just denied him permission to venture westwards. Stubborn – that our man AK is, he still addressed the gathering via video-conferencing and that left those powerful blokes at the center licking their wounds.
Coming back to the Delhi unit’s President of the BJP – he played Parshuram at a Ram Lila this October. It seems that the gentleman chose the character he played primarily for symbolism. Parshuram, as the legend goes, was mandated to correct the equilibrium by curtailing the powers of the Kshatriyas – the gentleman in question thinks he needs to correct the political equilibrium in the capital where Aam Aadmi Party rules the state despite Dilliwalahs having picked all the seven MPs from the BJP. Playing a character in Ram Lila is one thing but defeating AAP in Delhi may prove to be something else. It certainly won’t be a cake walk considering the goodwill the party has generated through its Mohalla Clinics and Education Reforms. While folks may have cheered for Parshuram – but then as Ghalib said – Hum ko maloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin; Dil ko khush rakhne ko Ghalib yeh khayal achcha hai (which roughly translates as: I know the reality but then its alright to keep my spirits high even if it’s foolhardy).
StateOfDelhi Suggests: Get to Gali Qasimjaan in Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk and head straight to Ghalib Ki Haveli. This is the residence of Mirza Ghalib that was acquired by the Delhi Government during Shiela Dikshit’s time and she ensured that it was properly restored. It is now open to public and one can hop onto Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line and deboard at Chawri Bazaar (the Haveli is at a walking distance from there). Being in Delhi and not getting here is blasphemy for Ghalib is arguably Delhi’s most celebrated poet. The bylanes of the area have so much character that a walk here can tell you a thing or two about Dilliwalahs and the way they are! And autumn-winter is the best time to venture out. So go figure.