‘Even as the National Guard kept up the show of strength, safety was kept in mind.’ IMAGE: Nithya Ramani with soldiers from the United States National Guard. All photographs: Kind courtesy Nithya Ramani As Washington, DC prepared for the Biden Inauguration, former Rediff.com correspondent Nithya Ramani, now a journalist in the US, gives A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com a glimpse of what it was like to be in the city on that day. On January 20, the day the United States was set to welcome its 46th president after a tumultuous election and the chaotic and angry months that followed the voting, many of the roads in Washington, DC were closed. The city was filled with armed troops and policemen. The National Guard was everywhere. The scene was both sad and surreal. I live in the suburbs of Maryland and work in downtown Washington, DC. My office is less than two miles from the Capitol. I mostly work from home and went into the city only for the Inauguration. It wasn’t difficult to get in because the media are considered ‘essential workers’. If you are not from the media, driving in the days preceding the Inauguration was a nightmare. Cars were being… Read full this story
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