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Its 80 rooms on three floors are separated by a constricted passage that is the centre of activity and is the substitute for the much-celebrated balcony. who runs the local co-operative credit society in Worli.m. the researchers recommended For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsVaranasi since time immemorial has been known as the place to attain moksha(nirvana) – for an enlightening and enriching transition from lok to parlok (from worldly to the heavenly) It is renowned for the Baba Vishwanath temple the Ganges its ghats the famed Banarasi sari lassi paan poori sabji-jalebiand for its rich socio-cultural and literary traditions But things have changed since the summer of 2014 when Prime minister Narendra Modi decided to make his parliamentary debut from Varanasi Though this ancient city’s importance and its connect to the terrestrial and the extra-terrestrial remains it has now also become the place to attain political nirvana – to catapult from the ordinary to the extraordinary The iconic chants once reserved for Kashi Vishwanath have been turned into victory slogans for Modi –’har har Modi ghar ghar Modi’ The place has become a political mahakumbh– anything and everything that happens here gets the highest visibility Be it political leaders students or political analysts Varanasi is the best place to witness the depth and perspective of the ongoing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets crowd at a road show in Varanasi on Saturday PTI Just like in the 2014 Lok Sabha election polling in Varanasi will take place in the last phase Even during the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election polling took place in the seventh and last phase in Varanasi Back in 2014 the milling crowd human waves people along the roads balconies and roof tops waving BJP flags and chanting Modi’s name had provided captivating pictures that influenced the mindset of voters in favour of BJP One could witness the same sight enthusiasm and chants dominate the streets of Varanasi on Saturday when Modi visited various temples in the city as part of hisroad show Back then he had come as a BJP candidate standing atop a mini-truck with a handful of UP policemen following him for protection On Saturday he came back as Varanasi MP and the prime minister on a heavy-duty bulletproof SUV with paramilitary personnel forming aninner and outer security cordon around him Modi is known fordoing unconventional things According to sources he went against the wishes of the security agencies and greeted people through the sunroof ofhis custom built SUV His road show startedat theBanaras Hindu University helipad and then moved to the Kashi Vishwanath temple Ravidas Gate Lanka Assi Sonarpura Madanpura Godaulia Bansfatak and Gyanvapi He then went from Kashi Vishwanath to Ka Bharav temple Chowk Nichibagh Maidagin Kotwali Visheshwarganj Pahli Chauhani and Gujarat Vidya Mandir His road show traversed through Muslim-dominated areas like Sonarpura and Madanpura and evoked a lot of curiosity among the community members They came out in droves to see him But will they vote for him Well that’s another question altogether His visit totheLord Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples two forms of Shiva surely had a latent or even obvious Hindutava message It is a move which no other party can dare to oppose What was striking was that way back in 2014 when Modi had held a road show in Varanasi to file his nomination papers the Congress had cried hoarse alleging that Modi had indulged in impropriety and illegality as he was doing so on a day when polling was on in other parts of the state and the country Today again Congress leaders like Rajeev Shukla charged Modi of impropriety and illegality for holding his road show – without permission and without prior intimation to the Election Commission Saturday shall always be seen as a case study by leaders and students of politics for all the key political players in the UP elections – Modi Mayawati and the Rahul Gandhi-Akhilesh Yadav combine – converged in Varanasito seek blessings in the biggest Hindi heartland state Before Rahul and Akhilesh could begin their road show however Modi had already stolen their thunder He had set the agenda Television news channels did not give good coverage to the two “UP keladke” but then the two ladke (Rahul-Akhilesh) came at a timewhen the man (Modi) had already taken the morning freshness leaving viewers with a bit a fatigue Next time Rahul and Akhilesh should remind themselves of the age old phrase “morning shows the day” By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: February 10 2017 1:59 am During probe police team found a cloth bag in his possession which carried firearms worth Rs 35800 Top News The crime branch of Pune city police have arrested a youth from Uttar Pradesh (UP) for possessing a country made revolver a pistol and 10 live cartridges Police have identified the suspect as Anurag Mahantbahadur Singh (22) native of Kadipur taluka in Sultanpur district of UP Police said that Anurag was currently residing in Pimple Gurav area where he worked at a local tea stall Watch What Else is Making News Acting on a tip-off to police sub inspector Vilas Palande a team led by inspector Rajendra Todkar assistant inspector Ganesh Patil laid a trap and nabbed Anurag from a spot near Srushti Chowk in Pimple Gurav During searches police team found a cloth bag in his possession which carried firearms worth Rs 35800 During a press conference on Thursday Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) P R Patil said that Anurag is suspected to have brought the firearms illegally from UP Police suspect that he wanted to sell the firearms to criminal elements in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad area Police have arrested Anurag under sections of the Arms Act Probe is on to know the persons who gave him the illegally manufactured firearms For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Updated: February 23 2016 12:22 am Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli at Tehri dam on Sunday (Source: PTI) Related News The ongoing visit of Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli may not have resolved all of New Delhi’s current differences with Kathmandu But it has done enough to defuse the recent crisis in bilateral relations The visit also underlines the renewed energy in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s neighbourhood diplomacy Back in May 2014 Modi invited all the leaders of the neighbouring countries for the inauguration of his government The subcontinent was eager to welcome a strong government in Delhi that promised to focus on the region The popular enthusiasm for Modi when he visited Nepal in August 2014 demonstrated India’s new diplomatic possibilities in the region The euphoria however did not take long to fade as the complex regional dynamics provided a reality check to Modi’s diplomacy The suspension of talks with Pakistan in August 2014 and the ambivalence of the Nepali political class towards Modi when he travelled to Kathmandu the second time in November 2014 showed that an effective regional policy needs more than a mere demonstration of goodwill The last-minute cancellation of the PM’s visit to the Maldives in March 2015 following the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed showed how the domestic dynamics of our neighbours cast a shadow on Delhi’s regional diplomacy The Madhesi agitation against the new Nepal constitution promulgated in September 2015 had a much bigger effect on India’s relations with Nepal Delhi’s careful recalibration of regional policy since then is based on a set of sensible principles One is the need for a sustained dialogue with the neighbours — under all circumstances While “acting tough” may play well in India for a while there is no alternative to patient engagement As then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to remind us you can choose your friends but not your neighbours The slow but certain whittling down of differences with Nepal on the constitution shows that persistent engagement is better than diplomatic petulance On Pakistan Delhi could not avoid the conclusion that suspending the dialogue with Islamabad in mid-2014 was a mistake A year later the PM began an effort to resume talks with Pakistan A series of moves that began at Ufa in July 2015 culminated in Modi’s surprise landing in Lahore last Christmas But the Pathankot attack that followed within a week did not see Delhi suspending the dialogue The NDA government appears to have figured that not talking to Pakistan generates problems of its own It brings all the political pressure on India to start talking — and not on Pakistan to stop supporting terror Delhi has also recognised that the diplomatic costs of resuming a dialogue after every suspension as has been the pattern for the last two decades are quite high As a result it has continued the engagement with Pakistan with a special focus on curbing sources of cross-border terrorism Second India looms large for good or bad in the domestic politics of all its neighbours Competing political factions in the smaller countries want Delhi to tilt the internal balance in their favour; and those who see Delhi leaning towards their rivals denounce India as a regional bully We saw that play out in the conflict between the Madhesis and the hill elites in Kathmandu We have also seen it in the Maldives where power struggles between rival clans drew India in As the political pendulum swings in these countries alarm bells ring in India about loss of influence But Delhi has learnt the virtues of steadfastness in coping with the internal battles of its neighbours It has nudged the competing groups in Nepal to find compromises on the constitution It has bailed Nasheed out of arbitrary confinement in the Maldives Thanks to the challenges to his authority from other sources President AbdullaYameen has turned to India for support While India is sensitive to the internal dynamics of its smaller neighbours it seems strangely reluctant to factor in Pakistan’s domestic politics in its strategy towards the western neighbour Instead of seeing Pakistan as a black box Delhi should be reaching out to all the key actors across the border That brings us to the power of proximity India is bound to its neighbours through geography India’s neighbours often play the “China card” much to Delhi’s irritation Like the failed Nepali efforts to import significant quantities of oil from its northern neighbour amid the “southern blockade” there are significant limits to mobilising “external powers” against India In Sri Lanka the opposition to then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s China play came from the domestic opposition groups who prevailed in last year’s elections But as the world’s second-largest economy and a great power there is no way India can erect a “Great Wall” against Chinese influence in the subcontinent An India that builds on its natural geographic advantages in South Asia resolv-es outstanding political disputes deepens regional economic integration and expa-nds security cooperation with its neighbours will have little reason to be concerned about the role of external powers in the subcontinent The writer is director Carnegie India and consulting editor on foreign affairs for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsin the village which forces the visitors who come here to think.66 crore new LPG connections for below poverty line households across the country as on January 1, Tomar was the first minister in the Aam Aadmi Party government to ‘resign’ for allegedly submitting a fake graduation degree.” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “Spotlight” and “Straight Outta Compton. 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