by Harish Gupta, National Editor, Lokmat Group
A grand opening
It was a sultry evening, sweaty in the stillness that goes with the nimbus clouds gathering in the sky. The sun was setting lazily on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. And there, in the throng of four thousand invitees, amid the oaths starting with "I" and spoken in varied accents, one could for a while forget it was Narendra Modi being sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, with his twenty three cabinet ministers and twenty two junior ones in tow. As the television cameras panned across the faces of distinguished guests from the neighboring SAARC countries, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai included, it acquired the character of a road show. A vast road show of democracy. The largest till now in South Asia.