Want to be­come Gymkhana Club mem­ber? Wait for 37 years

Business Standard - - DEMOCRACY AT WORK -

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.

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