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Reading today’s ” Times of India “underscores for me the paradox that is India. An item says that an apartment in Mumbai’s posh Nariman Point area was sold for Rs. 34 crore. The rate per square foot – an astonishing Rs. 97, 842 ! Just above, is another item which says that in 2005, the last year for which complete figures are available, there were as many as 312 suicides per day, one-third of them by women.

Robert Vadra is not subject to security frisking at India’s civil airports but the Chiefs of the defence services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are!! Robert Vadra is not the Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces. He happens to be the son-in-law of Congress Chief, Sonia Gandhi.

We have some the brightest people as well as some of the most primitive social systems. We enjoy the benefits of democracy with some of the worst violations taking place under the guise of democratic norms. In some aspects we are more Leftist than Communist China. We are proud of our past and yet do not learn lessons from it.

This is the paradox that it India. As many would say in India ” We are like that only”!

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