If there is a symbolic heart to Delhi, I would imagine it must be India Gate, the impressive war memorial and a centre piece of Raj Path.
So you would expect such a prime spot, which always has an impressive honour guard, to be spotless, right?
Especially since we are less than a month from Republic Day & the visit of President Obama…
Especially since the government is pushing its “Swachh Bharat” campaign & constantly regaling us with photos of ministers and VIPs wielding spotless new brooms, usually in front of a small heap of leaves…
Well, you would be wrong, wrong, wrong.
I went for a run at lunchtime today to India Gate & down Raj Path, which is all a-bustle with Republic Day preparations, and this is the reality on the ground :
You can see India Gate just peeping out from behind the trees – so this is not even 100 metres from our pride & joy, our national memorial to the country’s war dead.
More of the same.
I ran past the 2 gawping men who asked me, bemused, why I was taking photos of rubbish, and just on the corner before India Gate – so, let’s say, 50 metres from the monument, this is what greeted me :
Don’t know what to say, really.