Next general election is approaching in 2014. Political parties are tightening their belts in preparation for the great battle ahead. Two main contenders, though yet remain unannounced, are Mr Narendra Modi from BJP and Mr Rahul Gandhi. Mr Modi is a seasoned player, who has won Gujrat state for three consecutive years. Mr Modi is credited with development of Gujrat economy. Many also consider him to be an autocrat who cannot compromise, a disadvantage in pluralistic society like India. Mr Modi also carries the burden of post Godhra communal riot in Gujrat where many Muslims were killed. Mr Modi has not yet been found guilty, though cases are on going. Mr Modi has not even said sorry for the event that happened under his rule. Mr Modi has famously said he does not see people as Hindus and Muslims but as Gujaratis. Of late, several Gujaratis muslim businessmen have come out in support of Mr Modi. In recent municipal election, BJP had fielded Muslim candidates in Gujarat, a majority of whom won. Does all these mean Mr Modi is ready to takeover India?
I visited Rishikesh for the first time in early seventies. Rishikesh used to be small sleepy town in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas. Town was small built around railway station. One could come out of town in five to ten minutes. Once outside, one could see free flowing mother Ganges in all her glory. One could see lush green mountains on either side of the river. Many small or large hermitages / monasteries by the river or overlooking the river. On the other side of river was forest covered mountain. My mother told me this is the path legendary pandavas took for their final journey. Looking at the mountain and river flowing through, I fell in love with the Himalayas, the king of mountains. I felt if I could merge with every dust particle, every molecule and be part of Himalayas. I wished I could be a traveller wandering through the mountain all my life. This is the mountain that has a strange vibe. Accumulated over many years of penance by seekers, that gave up ordinary lives in search of real meaning of life. this is the abode of Bholenath and mother Parvati.