By admin on September 27, 2009
The following videos could not make it online in time. The first one is that of the much awaited showers in Gujarat in the second-leg after a yawning gap. It came at a crucial time when the state government had begun measuring the worsening drought in Gujarat, and thus helped defuse the impending water crisis in many areas to an amicable extent, if not fully. The other is that of Ganesh Visarjan Yatra passing through Jodhpur Gam, Satellite in Ahmedabad, where I live.
Unlike Deepavali and Uttaraayan, Holy and Ganesh Chaturthi had always had a low-key presence in Gujarat. But, it all changed since the infotainment boom of the early 90s and the subsequent years. This period consisted of the emergence of television channels, multi-plexes and mall-culture. A cultural nationalism in the from of Hindutva and the BJP’s rise in politics, had also begun taking Gandhinagar and Delhi by storm, thus providing an impetus to the indigenous culture and faith in Gujarat – a welcome sign for many. Holy and Ganesha Chaturthi have since then been celebrated with a greater fervor in my state.
And Some Photographs