Is Mahatma Gandhi dead in poll bound Porbandar?

Porbandar in Gujarat may have been Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace but is he and his ideals inconspicuous in his own land? Has the great mass leader been reduced to a statue in the town square?

The town is famous for Kirti Mandir - where Gandhi spent his early childhood, now maintained by the Archaoelogical survey of India.

The NCP candidate from Porbandar is Kandhal Sarman Jadeja who is the eldest son of Santokh Ben Jadeja, the infamous 'godmother' of Porbandar who had terrorised Porbandar for over a decade. The candidate has a TADA and a murder case to his credit - a far cry from the ideals of the Mahatma.

Porbandar's political culture shows that Gandhi ideals have been lost. Is it symptomatic of the entire state bound for polls? AFP and PTI

But of late, Porbandar has become infamous for the behaviour of one of its public servants that will take time to shake off. Congress Lok Sabha MP Vitthal Radadiya was seen brandishing a gun at toll booth who had allegedly refused to identify his VIP status at a toll booth.

Of late, Porbandar had also came into the news when 'Kuber' - the boat Pakistani terrorists used to come to Mumbai during 26/11 attacks was tracked down to Porbandar port.

Ganesh, a boatman had been apprehended twice in the last six years. He said, "I was caught twice in the waters. The first time I did not have Global Positioning System (GPS) but the next time I was caught when I had GPS. The boat was captured from the border."

He also said that when they sleep at night the boat moves and they don't know if it is Pakistani or Indian waters.

The condition of the fishermen is further damaged when the boats are returned stripped off the expensive GPS and other electronic devices or are auctioned off in the Karachi.

Keshav Odedra, an NRI who returned to Porbandar from UK said, "Election does not mean anything to us. We try to avoid the atmosphere as much as we can."

It does not come as a surprise that State Bank of India NRI Exclusive Service where the NRI deposits have run over 500 crores.

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