ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PATNA- Innocents at a Conference

Innocents at a Conference Arun Sinha WHILE the delegates to the inter- national anti-fascist conference in Patna slept in their beds, hundreds of sweepers struggled through chilly nights to give the city's streets a clean look. After toiling for seven dark hours, the scavengers would collect Rs 4.25 each and manage their food at least for the following day. Several hours earlier, the delegates to the conference had had their sumptuous meals at the city's best bar-cum-restaurant whose billboard introduced the place as a hotel. The common people gaped with awe at the cars, the jeeps and the vans which were parked outside the bar. Automobiles were never seen in such large numbers in Patna: for a week the city resounded to hoots of horns and the streets were choked at more than one point. A knowledgeable source estimated that at least 300 vehicles had been mobilised for the conference

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