Few Longest Train Routes of India

Which is your preferred mode of transport for long distance travel- flight or train? Flight saves time, but there’s the inconvenience of cramped space and security checks. Besides a flight journey falls short of emanating that romantic charm despite the presence of those charming flight attendants. This is where a train journey fits in. Imagine yourself inside a train rushing past the towns and villages of India- giving you glimpses of fascinating landscapes, the weather changing every few hours and the food presenting distinctive changes in aroma in each of your meal. Then, there’s the exciting prospect of meeting perfect strangers, getting into conversation with them and discovering ways of life so different from your own. So, hurry up! Dust off that travel bag and choose one route from the below mentioned list of 1o longest routes.

Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
Train Number: 12218
Starting Point: Chandigarh (Punjab)
Ending Point: Thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

Running at an average speed of 57killo meters per hour, it covers a distance of 3415kms in 57 hours and 35 minutes. It takes 21 halts. It traverses through Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. This train runs once in a week.

Guwahati- Ernakulam Express
Train Number: 12508
Starting Point: Guwahati (Assam)
Ending Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)

It runs at an average speed of 55killo meters per hour. It travels 3337kms in 59 hours and 45 minutes. It takes halts in 43 places. It’s a weekly train service. It passes through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and finally reaches Kerala.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Raptisagar Express
Train Number: 12522
Starting Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)
Ending Point: Barauni (Bihar)

Raptisagar is a super fast express running at an average speed of 55km per hour. It covers a distance of 3441kms in 62 hours. It takes 61 halts. It’s a weekly train service. The train passes through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Ten Jammu Express
Train Number: 16787
Starting Point: Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu)
Ending Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

It passes through Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. It covers a total distance of 3561kms in 70 hours. It halts at 70 stops and crosses 518 intermediate stations. This is a biweekly train service.

Guwahati Express
Train Number: 12515
Starting Point: Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala)
Ending Point: Guwahati (Assam)

This is a super fast train running at an average speed of 54km per hour. It traverses through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It covers 3552kms in 65 hours. It takes a total 50 halts. It runs once in a week.

Navyug Express
Train number: 166
Starting point: Mangalore (Karnataka)
End Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

NavYug Express runs through 12 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. It covers a distance of 3609kms in 67 hours. It takes 61 halts. It runs once a week.

Dibrugarh Express
Train Number: 15901
Starting Point: Bangalore (Karnataka)
Ending Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)

Dibrugarh Express started running from 4th January 2010. It’s an express train running at the speed of 51km per hour. It covers a total distance of 3547kms in 68 hours. It takes 33 halts and runs through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It’™s a weekly train.

Vivek Express (Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari)
Train Number: 15905/15906
Starting Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

It owes its name to Swami Vivekananda as it started running to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji. It is an express train, covering a total 4272kms in 82 hours. It travels through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It takes 54 halts. This is the longest train route in India and the 9th longest in the world.

Himsagar Express
Train Number: 16317/16318
Starting Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

This express train runs at the speed of 53km per hour and traverses a total distance of 3714kms in 70 hours. It passes through 9 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It halts at 71 stations. It runs once a week. It starts at 11.45PM on Monday from Jammu and reaches Kanyakumari at 10.45 PM on Thursday.

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Delhi Plagued By Serious Water Shortage

Delhi voted out for a change in politics by bringing in the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that had pledged in the party’s agenda to give 700 liters of uncharged water along with a reduction in electricity by 50 percent to the general public, reports The Economic Times
According to the National Survey Organization (NSSO), Delhi’s 15.6 percent of urban households and 29.7 percent of rural households had insufficient water supply throughout the year. This issue also drew support for Arvind kejriwal’s campaign.

Among the worst affected, in comparison with 27 states and 6 union territories was Delhi’s rural households. The other neighboring states like Haryana had sufficient drinking water with 91.3 percent for urban households and 95.8 percent for rural households. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 96.6 percent of urban households and 97.1 of rural households getting sufficient drinking water throughout the year.

According to the survey conducted in 2012 by NSSO the key indicators of drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and housing condition of India, the all-India average deteriorated from 91.1 percent in urban area in 2008-2009 to 89.6 percent in 2012 and in rural area from 86.2 percent to 85.8 percent. The on premise supply of drinking water was only 46.1 percent in rural households with comparison to 76.8 percent of urban households.

About 94.2 percent of the rural households and 90 percent of the urban households got “promising quality of drinking water”, than the all-India average of 87.7 percent and 88.1 percent respectively.  The survey also revealed that west Bengal’s urban household got 49 percent and the rural household got 30 percent with better services of on premises water supply. The survey boosted Gujarat which was ahead of Maharashtra with their rural households having 96 percent electricity in the state with comparison to 93 percent from the neighboring state.
However On an average it took 15 minutes by a normal household, to fetch drinking water from out of the premises, at the all-India level. If one has to take only rural areas into consideration, Jharkhand was the state which took the longest of (40 minutes) and Assam with shortest of (10 minutes). Among the urban states with bigger landscape. It was again Jharkhand with (40 minutes) and Delhi with the shortest of (6 minutes).

Parents Force Daughter to Have Sex With Creditor, Held

A couple allegedly forced their teenage daughter to have sex with a person as repayment of a loan of Rs 50,000 they had availed, police said today.

Three people, including the 16-year-old girl’s parents, have been booked by the police after the incident came to light on a complaint by the school administration to a local NGO which took the girl’s case to the police.

The father of the class VII student had taken a loan of Rs 50,000 some time ago, police said.

After the couple could not repay the loan, they asked the creditor to have sexual relations with their teenage daughter in lieu of the repayment of the loan.

Nisar Khan (40) readily accepted the offer and had sexual relations with the girl for two years.

The incident came to light when school authorities, on noting that the girl had become indifferent and depressed at school, initiated a probe, they said.

Fearing police action, the couple packed off their daughter to Uttar Pradesh from where she was brought back by the police, which nabbed her father and mother, though Khan is still at large, they said.

The girl will be sent for medical examination on Monday.


India’s Polluted Rivers Threaten Millions of Lives

River is not just a source of life in India; it represents faith and belief of the many million Indians who pray and preach the river for its mystical essence. But now the major rivers in India are threatening lives of millions of people who depend on the water from these rivers for sustenance. A team of 11 environmental activists cycled through the Gangetic plains covering about 1,800km in 27 days and have discovered that the devout rivers of these plains are turning into ‘sewage’ and becoming increasingly life threatening. The team members crossed 24 rivers while cycling through north Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, reached the capital and then cycled to their final stop at Dehra Dun.

Dr. Anil P Joshi is the team head of the environmental team from the Dehra Dun-based environmental NGO, HESCO. He is also a Padma Shri-awardee. On the current situations of these rivers, he said, “Not one river was fit to bathe in. The water at many places resembled sewage water. Among the most polluted rivers we came across was the Yamuna in western UP, Varuna and Gandak,” as reported by TNN.
Dr. Joshi further informed, “The growing pollution of rivers is a stark sign of wider ecological imbalance in the region.”

The aim of the survey done on the journey or ‘yatra’ by the environmental team was to increase awareness on the need to keep a track of India’s natural resources. The team is insisting the government to introduce an annual green measure entitled the ‘’gross environmental product’ or GEP. Joshi claims, “Like the GDP for the economy, the GEP would monitor the health of India’s natural assets, showing whether these were being overexploited or not,” as reported by TNN.

The activists were not just concerned about the condition of rivers they were even bothered about the disappearing forests on their yatra.  In the states they travelled they noticed that most of them had the forest area below India’s set target of 33 percent like in Bengal it showed 14.64 percent, Delhi 11.94 percent, Bihar 7.23 percent and UP 3.61 percent.
Joshi said, “Forests are vanishing in these states. And even the ones that survive are grade C forests, consisting of bushes rather than broad-leaved trees,” as reported by TNN.

The team visiting through 31 districts held 300 meetings and spread the message to about 10,000 people to preserve the quality of rivers. They also noted the falling water table, degradation of agricultural lands in various districts and polluted underground water.

Joshi informed “We will compile a report of our observations, which will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and to all chief ministers.”
Similarly the holy waters of Beas River in Manali, Himachal Pradesh are gradually turning into sewage, dustbin and also a corpse dump yard for the inhabitants and the visitors. The river bank is covered with tonnes of garbage and the sewage lines of most houses open directly into the water stream.

Nanak Chand Sharma, an elderly person from Kullu said, “Beas was not so polluted 20 years back. Construction of hundreds of hotels, increasing population, plastic packaging and indifferent attitude of the government are responsible for the unimpeded destruction of holy Beas,” as informed by Suresh Sharma for TNN.

The river is also used by the ranchers to dispose their dead animals. This practice has highly contaminated the water. Hari Prasad Singh, a resident in Patlikuhal village said, “People are throwing cattle carcasses into the river while some bury the dead animals by the riverside. These people think that there are floods in the river every year which will sweep away all the dirt and bodies,” as reported by TNN.

The ignorant villagers are disposing wastes, dead bodies and animals in the river, even then very little is done by the government to stop the ongoing contamination of the river. Even with such drastic circumstances there are no signboards installed in the district anywhere warning not to pollute the river, informed another resident.

These practices in the small towns and cities in India has caused enough damage to the natural resources that it is at a point where it has become a huge challenge to salvage it. The rivers in the country have been given such importance but now these rivers require a lot of attention to be cleaned and be turned innocuous for the people in the country.

Man who spoke against honour killing on “Satyamev Jayate” killed by ‘in-laws’

The wife of the 29-year-old youth, who was allegedly shot dead in Adoli village in Bulandshehr on Thursday last, on Monday alleged that her family members were behind the death of her husband.

According to the Abdul Hakim’s wife Mahvish, the victim was shot dead by her family members on November 22 after he had just entered the village along with her and their two-year-old daughter.

However, the police claimed that it was not a case of honour killing as none of the accused named in the FIR by the deceased’s brother was from Mahvish side.

Mahvish had eloped with Hakim in October 2010 after which the couple got married and were staying in Delhi following opposition from the former’s family, police said.

The couple was here in the village to visit Mahvish’s ailing relatives.

Hakim has also participated in one of the episode of Satyamev Jayate, hosted by actor Aamir Khan, to speak against the the menace of honour killing.


Royal Enfield Bullet to Plough a Farm


Where have you seen a Royal Enfield Bullet plough a farm? Or used as a pressure cooker to whip up a frothy espresso coffee?Seems impossible? Well, making the seemingly impossible possible is a part of the daily ‘jugaad’ (the famous Indian knack of technical improvisation) for the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) India, which is promoting its innovations at the Konkan Fruit Festival here in Goa.

To put the two innovations in perspective, Mansukhbhai Jagani from Gujarat has replaced his pair of bullocks with a 350 cc bullet motorcycle, which he kickstarts every day to plough his 1.25 acre groundnut farm. The bullet’s rear wheel has been replaced by a set of two smaller wheels joined by an axle, behind which the metal plough digs into the earth.

And the pressure cooker espresso coffee machine innovation has its roots in Bihar where Mohammad Rozadeen makes his foaming milky espresso coffee for his customers in Eastern Champaran district. Heated on a kerosene stove, Rozadeen’s pressure cooker emits jets of steam from a longish copper snout running from the cooker lid into the jar of milk, making it hot and frothy.

“We track down innovators throughout rural areas. Our honeybee network is responsible for keeping an eye on rural innovations,” Udit Shah of NIF told IANS.The pressure cooker espresso machine costs between 1,500 and 2,500, depending on the quality of the pressure cooker used.

Next to the espresso machine are three cycles lined up. Only to the naked eye they appear to have been mechanically mated either with a seaplane or a river-paddle boat.According to Shah, the cycle-innovations are still being honed into marketable products which will be up for sale.

“They are flood bicycles. There have been many floods in India. We are developing these. One of the cycles is an innovation from Bihar, while the other is from Uttar Pradesh,” Udit said.While the Bihar innovation has sea plane like platforms alongside the wheels, the UP innovation has a paddle rotor in the rear (which whirs into action when you pedal the machine).

The cycle is designed to stay afloat with the help of two fabricated plastic buoys.”When we select the idea, the credit of the core idea remains with the innovator. We only use science to make the innovations more perfect in order to make them marketable on a larger scale so that the innovator can make money,” Udit said.

The NIF was founded under the aegis of the central ministry for science and technology in 2000, to help make India an inventive and creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies without social and economic handicaps.Raghunath Mashelkar, a former head of the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), heads the governing board of NIF while some of the board members are entrepreneur Kishore Biyani and IITan Devang Khakar among other scientists, innovators and bureaucrats.

Source: IANS

Indian Nursery Text Book Says ‘B’ for ‘Bomb’

It is no longer A for apple and B for ball. In text books being used for nursery class children studying under UP Board and CBSE, “B” is for bomb and “CH” is for Chaku.

This language of violence is being taught to children in a book on Hindi language alphabets, titled ‘Aalok Shabd’. The book is prescribed in quite a few schools in the state.

While in another moral education book meant for Class 8, titled New Way Bloom, the Indian tricolor is shown in an inverted position in five places with green on top and saffron at the bottom. Published by Gurukul Publications, New Delhi, as part of the life skills syllabus, it was intended to teach young kids patriotism but seems to have turned things upside down.

The books have left parents fretting and education authorities scurrying for cover. Many parents raised protests over contents of these books with school authorities and the publishers have at last decided to withdraw the books from the market.

Rav Authar Dixit, president of the Parents-Student Welfare Association of Gurukul Academy in Uttar Pradesh, said that the national education board was investigating how such a book was cleared for private nursery schools.

Dixit said “It is the responsibility of the education board to provide clean books to the students,” as reported by the Associated Press.

Javed Alam, a board official, held the book publisher responsible for the lapse. Alam said that the Federal Board of Secondary Education issues broad guidelines to state and private schools relating to books, but leaves the content to publishers. It steps in, in case of complaints.

Ananya Tiwari, a child psychologist said “Children have an impressionable mind. If students are taught about bombs and knives at this stage this would develop a negative mindset for them,” as reported by the Associated Press.

Shruti Ahuja, a parent, said to the DNA that this was unacceptable. She asked “How can one teach such words to kids of that age? Or for that matter of any age?”

Aarty Mishra Awasthy, a teacher by profession and a mother of two, was also fuming.”I’m amazed at how such words and books get into the syllabi,” she said, hinting that these books “slip through” the system after publishers tempt school managements with commissions.

Alam said strict action would be taken against the publishers of the 32-page book. He added that “This sort of negative use of words cannot be tolerated.”

Criminals, Crorepatis & Non-Graduates; It’s Indian Politics


Politics pays really well, much more than any other profession as our parliament and state assemblies have become hubs of crorepatis, just as all but three members of the new Goa assembly are millionaires. Politics works as an asylum for criminals that half of the newly elected MLAs in UP have declared criminal cases against them. Politics is a profession of high pay and absolute job security where education is not the primary criterion of eligibility and so, 45 percent of the newly-elected in Punjab Vidhan Sabha are non-graduates.

The new crorepati list from the recently held assembly elections in 5 states shows the fact that the not-so-rich are getting marginalized in Indian politics and in the electoral process. While 101 out of 117 MLAs in the Punjab Assembly are crorepatis, 37 out of 40 elected candidates in the Goan assembly have declared assets worth more than 1 Core. According to the data published by Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO working towards strengthening governance and democracy in the country; narrates a story quite different than we are used to. Contrary to the popular belief, it’s not people with genuine social conscience, but with deep pockets the political parties prefer to give the tickets to contest. And as a matter of fact, it’s these financially well off candidates stand a good chance to win the constituencies than people with real political zeal but less economical backup.


தமிழன் என்று சொல்லுடா,தலை நிமிர்ந்து நில்லடா..

நம் வரலாற்றை தெரிந்து கொள்ள இந்த முறை உங்களை 20,000 வருடங்களுக்கு முந்தைய கடலில் மூழ்கிய ஒரு உலகிற்கு அழைத்துக்செல்லவிருக்கிறேன்,

என்னுடன் சேர்ந்து பயணிக்க உங்களின் பொன்னான 5 நிமிடங்களை ஒதுக்குங்கள் ,இங்கு தான் உலகின் முதல் மனிதன் பிறந்ததாக வரலாற்று ஆய்வாளர்கள் தெரிவிக்கிறார்கள், இங்கு தான் நம் மூதாதையர் வாழ்ந்தனர்.இங்கு தான் நாம் இன்று பேசிக்கொண்டிருக்கும் நம் தமிழ் பிறந்தது.இங்கு தான் இன்னும் பல வரலாற்று அதிசயங்கள் நிகழ்ந்துள்ளது,ஆம் இது தான் ” நாவலன் தீவு ” என்று அழைக்கப்பட்ட ” குமரிக்கண்டம். கடலுக்கடியில் இன்று அமைதியாக உறங்கிக்கிகொண்டிருக்கும் இது,ஒரு காலத்தில் பிரம்மாண்டமாக இயங்கிக்கொண்டிருந்த ஒரு தமிழ் கண்டம் !!.

இன்று தனித்தனி நாடுகளாக உள்ள ஆஸ்திரேலியா, தென் ஆப்ரிக்க, இலங்கை,மற்றும் இன்றுள்ள சில சிறு, சிறு தீவுகளை இணைத்தவாறு இருந்த ஒரு பிரம்மாண்டமான இடம் தான் ” குமரிக்கண்டம் “.ஏழுதெங்க நாடு,ஏழுமதுரை நாடு,ஏழுமுன்பலை நாடு,ஏழுபின்பலை நாடு,ஏழுகுன்ற நாடு,ஏழுகுனக்கரை நாடு,ஏழுகுரும்பனை நாடு என இங்கு நாற்பது ஒன்பது நாடுகள் இருந்துள்ளது !! பறுளி, குமரி என்ற இரண்டு ஆறுகள் ஓடியுள்ளது !!.குமரிக்கொடு,மணிமலை என இரண்டு மலைகள் இருந்துள்ளது !!. தென்மதுரை,கபாடபுரம்,முத்தூர் என பிரம்மாண்டமான மூன்று நகரங்கள் இருந்தன.உலகின் தொன்மையான நாகரீகம் என்று அழைக்கப்படும் சுமரியன் நாகரீகம் வெறும் நான்காயிரம் வருடங்கள் முந்தையது தான். நக்கீரர் ” இறையனார் அகப்பொருள் ” என்ற நூலில் மூன்று தமிழ்ச் சங்கங்கள் 9990 வருடங்கள் தொடர்து நடைபெற்றதாக கூறியுள்ளார். தமிழின் முதல் சங்கம் இந்த கடலடியில் உள்ள ” தென் மதுரையில் ” கி.மு 4440இல் 4449புலவர்கள்களுடன் , சிவன், முருகர், அகஸ்தியருடன் 39மன்னர்களும் இணைந்து, ” பரிபாடல், முதுநாரை,முடுகுருக்கு,கலரியவிரை, பேரதிகாரம் ” ஆகிய நூல்களை இயற்றப்பட்டது .

இதில் அனைத்துமே அழிந்து விட்டது .இரண்டாம் தமிழ்ச் சங்கம் ” கபாடபுரம் ” நகரத்தில் கி.மு 3700இல் 3700புலவர்கள்களுடன் ” அகத்தியம்,தொல்காப்பியம்,பூதபுராணம்,மாபுராணம் ” ஆகிய நூல்களை இயற்றப்பட்டது . இதில் ” தொல்காப்பியம் மட்டுமே நமக்கு கிடைத்துள்ளது.மூன்றாம் தமிழ்ச் சங்கம் இன்றைய ” மதுரையில் ” கி.மு 1850 இல் 449 புலவர்கள்களுடன் ” அகநானூறு, புறநானூறு,நாலடியார், திருக்குறள் ” ஆகிய நூல்கள் இயற்றப்பட்டது.இவ்வளவு பழமையான தமிழனின் வரலாற்றை பெருமையுடன் உலகிற்கு தெரியப்படுத்த வேண்டிய இந்திய அரசு எந்த அக்கறையும் காட்டாமல் இருப்பது வேதனையான விஷயம் !!!!..இந்திய அரசு வெளிக்கொண்டுவராத நம் வரலாற்றை நாமே இந்த உலகிற்கு பரப்புவோம் ,இனிமேல் நாம் 2000 வருடம் பழமையானவர்கள் என்ற பழங்கதையை விட்டு விட்டு 20,000 வருட உலகின் முதல் இனம் ,நம் தமிழ் இனம் என்று பெருமையுடன் கூறுவோம்.வரலாற்று தேடல் தொடரும்………!!

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

 ‘Behind every successful man is a woman’. But in certain cases, behind successful men are other men. If you do not have any clue as to who is working hard for Rahul Gandhi UP campaign, then read on.

Kanishka Singh, a 34-old young man is the man behind Rahul’s campaigns in UP a success. He is his chief strategist for the UP polls. Prior to this Kanishka has worked with Sheila Dixit in the run-up to Delhi’s assembly elections in 2003. A great hush-hush was created with his column, “Why Sonia is Like John Kerry” in outlook magazine, as it argued polls in India and the U.S.

Today if someone claims to be familiar to the Grand Old Party, they know Singh too. Call him a close adviser, confidant, guide or gatekeeper to Rahul Gandhi, if meeting Gandhi is what you looking up for, then there is no better way to ask Kanishka for an appointment.

Holding a MBA degree from Wharton School, Kaniska is busy overlooking the folks who run spread sheets and numbers at Rahul’s Tughlak lane home-office. A Congressman familiar to both Gandhi and Singh said, “Rahul doesn’t want woolly, gut-feel political hunches. He wants numbers, percentages, and Kanishka gets the data and analyses it for him. Both are analytical, it’s a good fit,” as reported by The Economic Times.

Kanishka and his team are burning their sweat out months before the dates for polls in Uttar Pradesh were announced by the Election Commission. Singh these days is working hard on plotting strategies and sifting through the possible names for the candidates. Singh said, “Once we know our rivals’ moves, we can plan ours better. It’s simple game theory.”

The Man Behind Rahul Gandhi

As Kanishka has an experience of working in the U.S. with investment bank Lazard Freres, he plans to implement some the best practices in his work. There are many members in the party that tend to mock at some of his practice but then it is very limited. Being with Gandhi 24/7 and working for him is not a easy task, it can take a toll anytime, he is playing a gamble, which would pay off amply if worked out well.

The long working hours explains Singh’s stubble and crumpled very well as he makes an appearance just behind Gandhi at a rally at southern UP. A bespectacled figure looking younger than his age is one who can be easily overlooked. Being polite all the time he speaks, “By the end of campaigning Rahul would have done 200 public meetings. That’s one rally for every two assembly seats.”

You can find him busy looking into his spreadsheets and arranging people who can be available for the campaign. In one of the recent rallies, a Congress MP from UP approaches him to have Raj Babbar as a star speaker. Kanishka glares at the spread sheets in his Black Berry and assured Raj Babbar or Azharuddin to be one of the star speakers.

With so much happening around, the younger son of diplomat Shailendra Kumar Singh who died in office as governor of Rajasthan in 2009 is left with no time for social life. But what probably drives him is the sheer feeling of being able to make a difference. In his article for Seminar Magazine called “Dreaming of India in 2010″, he predicted that both the Congress and the BJP would renovate their elderly leaderships by 2010.


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