"I asked the Chief Minister of Rajasthan if I could spend a day with her to observe her method of governance. Vasundhara Raje was more than willing. 'It's a good day to come', she said, 'because today, I am meeting with NGOs who are helping us with various programs.'It was the day before Janamashtmi and began with a puja in her private temple decorated for the event with red and white roses and garlands of marigold and tuberose. The swamis who conducted the puja intrigued me because not only was their Sanskrit perfect but they spoke perfect English.
'Be careful your ghee pot doesn't topple over,' said one of them during the havan, leaving me as intrigued as I would have been to hear Sanskrit spoken in the middle of a Christian ceremony. When I asked the Chief Minister about the English speaking priests, she said they were from ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and she had come to know them because of a midday meal scheme they ran in Karnataka called Akshaypatra. The scheme feeds 100,000 children daily in Bangalore."