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From Lutyens Delhi to Khan Market - we've come a long way
The New Delhi's famous Khan Market was established in 1951. It was named in honour of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, the brother of Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan by the first Afghan traders who set up shops in the market, in appreciation of his efforts in helping them migrate to India safely during the partition.

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was also known as Badshah Khan. He had forged a close, spiritual, and uninhibited friendship with Mahatama Gandhi, the pioneer of non-violent mass civil disobedience in India. The two had a deep admiration towards each other and worked together closely till the Mahatama was brutally killed by fanatic Nathuram Godse. Some much has been written about Badshah Khan that it would require a heavy tome to summarise his life and achievement.

Now, the Khan Brothers do rest in peace at heaven. They might not particularly relish at their abode if some angels would report about the way our Pradhan Mantri has referred to 'Khan Market' in his interview with an 'Indian newspaper.'

Khan Market has a wide variety of stores, including modern showrooms of most of well-known brands, silver jewellery stores, bookstores, paints and hardware stores, electronics, kitchenware and fabric stores. You can visit some of the finest restaurants also if you could afford. Of course, it is known as a market of elites so think twice and check your purse before you embark upon a shopping spree over there.

Khan Market is also famous for food for the galore of Shahi Kebabs, Sheekh Kebabs and Shami Kebabs.

Let the scribe accept his inability to recall any significant story of Criminal Gangs that might have ever flourished in that up-swing Bazar. I wish I'd something to share the readers like the story of 'Gang of Wasseypur.' Few of friends had mentioned about the overcharging by shopkeepers and small narratives of pick-pockets but nothing worth to put on paper.

I was literally flabbergasted when I got to know that Prime Minister claimed that Rahul Gandhi wanted to dismantle and demolish his image but 'Modi ki chhavi, Delhi ke Khan Market ke gang ne nahi banayi hai, Lutyens Delhi ne nahi banayi hai. 45 saal ki Modi ki tapasya ne chhavi banayi hai...You can't dismantle it. .....Prime Minister Modi said this in his interview to 'Indian Express'.

Irrespective of what Pradhan Mandhri ji said, I'm delighted that in the last phase of his this term of career, he is opening up. It doesn't matter at this juncture to whom he speaks. At least he speaks to press now.

In this interview with Indian Express, a newspaper with a fine reputation of fearless journalism, he did mince no words. He took it up head-on the Lutyens media, the Congress party and especially the party president Rahul Gandhi.

This time he tried to reason and question the Lutyens media for creating Rajiv Gandhi's 'Mr Clean' image despite the accusations of his involvement in Bofors scam and the role of Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He asserted that Rajiv Gandhi was not his issue. Naredra Modi said that he raked up the issue when Congress questioned him and accused him of treating the armed forces as his personal property. "Kehte hain ki baat niklegi toh dur talak jayegi (it is said that when a talk starts, you never know when it ends)." He reiterated the issue of Nehru-Gandhi family taking the Indian Navy's INS Virat for their family vacation. Modi had claimed that Primi Minister Rajiv Gandhi, during his tenure as prime minister had used Indian Navy's aircraft career INS Viraat to go for a vacation. NaMo, in his speech, had referred to the period of ex-prime minister's visit in 1987.

It was ironic that soon after the statement made by Pradhan Mantri Modi, retired Admiral L Ramdas on Thursday refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim that the late Rajiv Gandhi and his family had enjoyed a family cruise on the INS Viraat. In a detailed statement, Admiral Ramdas, who was Chief of Naval Staff then, said the then Prime Minister had gone on an official trip to the Lakshadweep Islands to chair a meeting of the Islands Development Authority (IDA) held alternatively between Andaman and Lakshadweep Islands.

There were no parties held on INS Viraat or any of the other four warships accompanying the erstwhile aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy and no foreigners accompanied Rajiv Gandhi nor did current Congress President Rahul Gandhi accompany them then, said Admiral Ramdas, who is now settled in Raigad, adjoining Mumbai.

It is the last leg of general elections and it is too early to predict the outcome or a wild guess. However, these sorts of allegations and accusations that are flying around thick and fast are in no way helping the democratic traditions of the country. It is leaving a bitter after-taste that could spoil the broth, would take its toll and cast its shadows upon any set-up that would appear upon the political horizon.

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