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Allahabad Diary

Roads without streetlights, no public transport, an ugly riverfront, crumbling buildings, water and power shortages.

Allahabad Diary
Allahabad Diary
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Heritage Smirch

Is there a more disturbing city in India that is Bharat than Ilahabad that was Prayag? Perched at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and a river no one has seen, Saraswati, and with mentions in the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas, Allahabad’s pole position in Hinduism is sealed by the Kumbh Mela. Its place in the freedom movement, as the hallowed ground from where Mahatma Gandhi signalled non-violence as a weapon of resistance, is the stuff of legend. But at the end of every trip to the litigation capital of the country, you are left gasping: is this the best face that a city that provided half-a-dozen prime ministers—and one Amitabh Bachchan—to the Republic can showcase to the world?

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