Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Amritsar on Wednesday

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

Despite being a hack for more than three decades, I am yet to be invited for any political iftar party. Thereby, no one can accuse me of holding a grouse against any leader for not marking an invite to me. Throughout his 13 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never hosted one, breaking a tradition that his predecessor Keshubhai Patel followed.

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