Want to become Gymkhana Club member? Wait for 37 years
It’s that time of the year again. Elections are due at Delhi’s prestigious Gymkhana Club, where top diplomats, bureaucrats and military officers hang out. Kailash Varma, a former Research and Analysis Wing officer, is one of the contenders for president. Varma is contesting against Prashant Sukul, an IAS officer with a stellar record, who is also a brilliant squash player. The presidentship of the club is rotated between civil and defence officials, who are members. It is a hardfought contest for a position that was once occupied by the likes of K Natwar Singh and a clutch of ICS officers. The biggest issue in the election is membership for dependents — that’s understandable, as the waiting list for new members stretches for the next 37 years, from 25 years in 2016.