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As Narendra Modi rode in to be sworn in as the 15th prime minister of India, Anand Mahindra tweeted, On behalf of the Mahindra Group, I express enormous pride that Modiji chose our Made-in-India-with-Pride chariot to ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi was riding the Mahindra Scorpio. Two days before that, across the country in Uttarpara, West Bengal a terse announcement made the inevitable, official. Hindustan Motors will no longer produce one of the most abiding symbols of domestic power in India - the Ambassador. The Ambassador had fallen from grace already during the Vajpayee years. And Manmohan Singh opted for a BMW7 but it seems fitting that the final epitaph of one our most Nehruvian icons be written at the dawn of the Modi age when as Shashi Tharoor <a href=http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/jawaharlal-nehru-his-story-is-not-simply-history/articleshow/35601027.cms target=_blank>writes</a> (A)n India till recently clad in the trappings of Nehruvianism steps out into the brave new world of a government led by a man who rejects everything Nehru stood for. Both the Ambassador and Nehru once epitomized a certain post-colonial national pride. Now it's fashionable to run both down - as out-of-date, stodgy, lumbering, unable to move with the times. Yet once the Ambassador was the perfect car for bumpy Indian roads, spacious enough to accommodate an Indian family and friends, with a dickey cavernous enough to be called a hold-all in the truest sense of the world. Nehru too was once the hold-all for the dreams of a newly independent nation, and while he could not live up to them in full measure or perhaps even substantially and his choices can be challenged in hindsight, the man cannot be dismissed out of hand. He is in this country's DNA and all the if-only daydreaming about how Sardar Patel should have been the first PM will not change that.

As Narendra Modi rode in to be sworn in as the 15th prime minister of India, Anand Mahindra tweeted, On behalf of the Mahindra Group, I express enormous pride that Modiji chose our Made-in-India-with-Pride chariot to ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi was riding the Mahindra Scorpio. Two days before that, across the country in Uttarpara, West Bengal a terse announcement made the inevitable, official. Hindustan Motors will no longer produce one of the most abiding symbols of domestic power in India - the Ambassador. The Ambassador had fallen from grace already during the Vajpayee years. And Manmohan Singh opted for a BMW7 but it seems fitting that the final epitaph of one our most Nehruvian icons be written at the dawn of the Modi age when as Shashi Tharoor <a href=http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/jawaharlal-nehru-his-story-is-not-simply-history/articleshow/35601027.cms target=_blank>writes</a> (A)n India till recently clad in the trappings of Nehruvianism steps out into the brave new world of a government led by a man who rejects everything Nehru stood for. Both the Ambassador and Nehru once epitomized a certain post-colonial national pride. Now it\'s fashionable to run both down - as out-of-date, stodgy, lumbering, unable to move with the times. Yet once the Ambassador was the perfect car for bumpy Indian roads, spacious enough to accommodate an Indian family and friends, with a dickey cavernous enough to be called a hold-all in the truest sense of the world. Nehru too was once the hold-all for the dreams of a newly independent nation, and while he could not live up to them in full measure or perhaps even substantially and his choices can be challenged in hindsight, the man cannot be dismissed out of hand. He is in this country\'s DNA and all the if-only daydreaming about how Sardar Patel should have been the first PM will not change that. [caption id=attachment_1544805 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery
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