Chief minister of Gujarat, Mr Narendra Modi is anticipated to be prime ministerial candidate of BJP led NDA party for the upcoming national general election of the year 2014. Mr. Modi has many achievements to his credit. He has won three consecutive state elections. He has created an atmosphere in the state that is friendly for business. State is surplus in electricity, state has no water scarcity, and state has good infrastructure in terms of road. However, his detractors claim that Mr. Modi is a dictator. He rules like an one man team despite being in a democratic setup. Mr. Modi’s Gujarat is friendly to rich business tycoons but ignores poor people. Business leader from outside India also endorse the view that Modi has created a business friendly Gujarat, that is relatively corruption and red tape free. Many Gujarat’s poor suffer from poverty and mal nutrition. Moreover, many claim Mr Modi presided over killing of muslims during post Godhra riots.
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.