NEW DELHI --
India that is Bharat has had a change of
guard, writes Kul Bhushan.
The reins of the
nation have been passed on from an Oxford educated renowned
economist to a self-made, self-taught social worker who started
as a tea seller on a railway station.
This is a move from modernizing India to eternal values
The clipped English accent has given way to pristine
The cocktail circuit, convent educated upper crust has
always dismissed them as HMT or Hindi Medium Training.
Now the HMTs have taken over.
But with the latest technology and skills.
The pomp and ceremony of the swearing in of Narenedra Modi as
the new Prime Minister is no less than that of the US President.
The oath ceremony is the biggest such event with 4,000
guests, eight heads of state of neighbouring countries, 19,000
security personnel in the backdrop of imperial ramparts of the
Presidential Estate inherited from the British rulers.
The ceremony will be seen live by many thousands on giant TV
screens in a major stadium, an open air public grounds and in
many markets in the capital.
The old Delhi market of sprawling Chandani Chowk is all
decorated with flowers and lighting to celebrate the event and
huge TV screens to show it live.
A huge fireworks display will follow the ceremony.
The news will be flashed all over India and round the world
with live telecast abroad by Indian channels.
The big news is the arrival of the Pakistan’s Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The big speculation about will he come or not dominated
the Indian news for two days until he confirmed his arrival.
This became possible when Sharif’s brother persuaded the
Pakistani army to give its nod.
But the terror groups are not happy and some said he
should travel on a one-way ticket.
Despite all this, Sharif made the trip with other heads
of state, including the Prime Minister of Mauritius.
From a moribund government, the nation moves to an action
The aim is to kick start the economy, fight corruption,
provide jobs and improve relations with the neighbouring states.
The new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won a thumping
victory at the polls and raised sky high the hopes of the
He took oath of office with his trimmed cabinet ministers at
the biggest ever ceremony.
The action starts tomorrow on day one with one-to-one talks
with leaders of all neighbouring countries to promote peace and