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Shivraj Singh Chouhan or Bhrashtaraj Singh Chouhan?

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has qualified to be rechristened as Bhrashtaraj Singh Chouhan. During his ten-year regime, he has not only given protection to the corrupt but also consciously and systematically corrupted every department of the government and also every sphere of life which he could touch. The Ujjain Kumbha, one of the holiest traditions of India, is the latest victim of his greed.

The month-long Kumbha, better known as Simhastha, was virtually turned by this greedy man into personal fiefdom with reckless construction of sub-standard structures and purchase at incredibly high prices of items which it was not the job of the government. Almost every day he was there as if to ensure that his share in the loot is not siphoned off by the officers assigned the jobs. The horrendous details of his actions have started coming out through various forums.

Kumbha is held every three years in rotation at four holy places, Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The turn at each place thus comes every 12 years. Nowhere else and never in the past has a Kumbha been polluted by the government as this April-May in Ujjain. The government of the day confines itself to providing security and other basic facilities.

Even in Ujjain 12 years ago, then Chief Minister Uma Bharti did not disturb the rhythm of the holy event. She did not once go to Ujjain during the month-long Simhastha but had constantly monitored the goings-on in Ujjain from Bhopal.

The Kumbha had begun with the ritual bath by the established akharas of the sadhus in river Kshipra on April 5 as the State government helicopter with security personnel aboard kept a watch from the sky and a dog squad and the mounted police stalked the ground. Besides, surveillance cameras were installed at vantage points.

Mahant Paramanand Saraswati of the Joona Akhara performed Pooja of the river Kshipra with great fanfare at Datt Akhara area at 5-40 in the morning. After that the sadhus were granted permission to enter the river for the auspicious bath.

The scores of Akharas, camping on the outskirts of Ujjain for the entire Kumbha period, were allotted by mutual consultations time and place for the holy bath.

By a strange tradition, the ordinary mortals are not permitted to go near the river Kshipra till all the sadhus belonging to various akharas have taken bath and returned to their camps – that is some time after noon. A slight change, however, was made in 2004 and a limited number of common people were permitted to take bath in the river at Datt Akhara area after 8 am.

The administration had not taken any chances. Strict checking of the vehicles moving towards Ujjain was done.

That much was the government’s role.

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Adolf Hitler believed in the use of propaganda as an integral element to seizing and holding on to political power. His maxim was 'the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be believed, provided it is repeated vigorously and often enough'. (Sean Murphy in his book 'Letting the Side Down')

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