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‘Hello’ to all the regular readers of SateOfDelhi blogs. Well, the blog in this avatar went missing for a while. And that’s because this blogger had been busy doing a weekly column (‘Delhi Musings’) for the National Herald – click here. Don’t you worry as the raiding party didn’t bother about the content providers to the paper at all. In any case this column was all satirical stuff – something that sleuths don’t get any which ways.  So here I am – back on home turf – www.StateOfDelhi.in

Dilliwalahs have never had it so good. There is so much happening in the corridors of power in Delhi ever since we got a new Lieutenant Governor. Just one weekend huddle over a few Patiala pegs at the club does not suffice to absorb the entire scene. The new LG seems to be giving our man AK hell. So pre-occupied is the LG with questioning the motives and moves of the AAP government at Delhi that he did not even let AK off even for a couple of days. Arvind Kejriwal was to present Delhi’s case at the World Cities Summit at Singapore. Poor AK, all he could do was to puff and pant (no, not that cough – that’s gone thankfully!). So much for running from pillar to post to get the LG to let him go to Singapore.

Frustrated, the Delhi CM pulled in the PM into this controversy – what else could the poor guy do. He alleged that if the jurisdiction of the Delhi CM was a reason for refusal of permission then the same needs to apply to even the PM. He claimed that by extension of this logic the PM would not be able to travel abroad as often as he does. He lamented that on most of his trips the PM engages on subjects that fall in State List and are out of the PM’s jurisdiction. Imagine honourable Rashtrapati Ms. Murmu stopping Mr Modi from going on a foreign trip on his Rs 4500 crore plane. Simply unthinkable!

The dust on this Singapore trip had not settled when the sleuths of one vigilance department got on Delhi government’s case again. They brought out anomalies in decisions taken by excise officials in the matter pertaining to the excise policy for liquor sales in the capital. The LG got in to his act and suspended some officials. Questions are now being asked of AK’s deputy, Manish Sisodia. The Dy CM in turn has raised a few awkward questions for the previous LG to answer. Things are getting murkier by the day and the liquor availability is likely to get affected – an issue that most certainly bothers Dilliwalahs more. Someone get that Old Monk back on shelves, please!

A word on the sleuths who are working overtime to implicate people from most political parties save one. Well, sometimes they do a commendable job too and deserve credit. Look at how one Abbas was traced in the far off Australia (or was it a section of the propaganda-chewing media that discovered him?). It is another matter that sleuths haven’t yet found ‘Vikas’ (remember Vikas of Sabka Vikas fame?). May be, as in the case of Abbas, they need to look for Vikas in developed countries and not within the country!

This week India celebrates 75 years of independence and the government has worked very hard on planning the celebrations of this momentous occasion. Thankfully the celebrations also make folks who thought that we came to life only in 2014 realise that we have been there as a prosperous nation for long! Long live the Republic!

StateOfDelhi Suggests: Another way to discover that we are an old civilisation and have prospered for a few millennia before 2014 is by visiting the National Museum. And a great way to explore the Museum is by going on this walk with Dushyant Singh as he makes it very interesting and engaging. He is doing this walk on Sunday, the 21st August, ’22. The walk starts at 10.30 am. and wraps up in about two hours. You can register by calling Dushyant on 93100 02320.

Oh! So glad to be back on the home turf.

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10 Comments

  • Adite, August 12, 2022 @ 1:33 pm Reply

    Welcome back! Was wondering if you had taken AK’s place in Singapore. 😉

  • Dhananjay Chaturvedi, August 12, 2022 @ 2:27 pm Reply

    Welcome back sir ! Very happy to have you back amongst us.
    Infact was very worried about your relationship status ,it indeed was a bad company.

  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar Mehajan, August 13, 2022 @ 8:55 am Reply

    Well I didn’t miss you here because you were as such being followed at the National Herald..I sincerely hope that you continue your esteemed presence at the daily newspaper. But home turf is home indeed as I always feel while shuttling back forth between my personal blog PrabNcrab and Amar Ujala for Hindi poetry.

    Your point in case about the AK’ predicament is an interesting observation that we are all making from a distance. Hope sense prevails in the system! Importantly are we going to grow beyond the rhetoric in politics. Why can’t we at extra constitutional positions, act as more of a statesman rather than petty cowboys. But what I am skeptical and concerned about is the Gen-Next taking a cue from such examples and giving a damn about the politics as such.

    Its high time that we start paying enough attention to our alienieated attitude towards the politics. Lastly I loved your suggestion to visit the National Museum where the annual footfall is short of even 30k at its peak in comparison to the wetern galleries where the number is im several millions

  • Pratima Ram, August 13, 2022 @ 6:57 pm Reply

    Nice to read your humorous satire on the affairs of the State and people as always.

    • Giraj, August 17, 2022 @ 12:04 pm Reply

      Thank you. Will keep doing it, Maam

  • Praveen, August 14, 2022 @ 5:48 pm Reply

    Enjoyed the article as always. The slug fest between governments is but suffering for the civil civilians. Wish we had an antidote towards our current state of convenient myopia

    • Giraj, August 17, 2022 @ 12:04 pm Reply

      Antidote…YES!

  • Anjan Mazumdar, August 17, 2022 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Great Observation Giraj ,1 AK is a elected representative and not the LG ,at times I wonder if Delhi Govt machinery reports to the elected govt or a lumpin appointed by Center ?? 2- The LG ( read BJP ) couldn’t have been more petty by refusing permission to AK to speak at Singapore that too on a official invite ,I think this kind of treatment to a elected public reprentative is unprecedented . 3 – Well the central govt is trying to choke all opposition ruled states financially ,legally and administratively so in that scheme of things AK and AAP is also facing the music ….. 56″ pl don’t forget the electorates are watching . 4 -Indias 75th anniversary of Indipendence gave a great feeling inside me ….it reminded me of the 25th Anniversary ( In school ) celibration and the 50 th anniversary the midnight session of parliament where Lata Mangeshkar & AR Rehman performed ….. Yes the central govt was busy with the preparation of Amrut Mahotsav and how to wipe out the history of Independence movement and the personalities who laid their lives for the country . I salute all the Freedom Fighters who fought for Independence so that we could live in FREE INDIA ….

    • Giraj, August 17, 2022 @ 12:03 pm Reply

      Very good points Anjan. And I completely understand how you feel when you mention about the graceful celebrations of 25th & 50th year celebrations…nothing over the top but heart-touching.

  • Chitra Singh, August 18, 2022 @ 2:23 pm Reply

    Nice to read your satire on the state of Delhi and it’s people.

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