24 July, 2021

Lord's-Eye View Of Tests

Congress politics wore Madhavrao down towards the end

Jitender Gupta
Lord's-Eye View Of Tests
"Those whom the Gods love die young" is a cliche. With some truth. Jesus Christ and Alexander the Great died at 32, Byron at 36, Keats died of TB at the age of 26. Rajiv was 47 when he was assassinated. His Highness Ali Jah, Umdat ul-Umara, Hisam us-Sultanat, Mukhtar ul-Mulk, Azim ul-Iqtidar, Rafi-us-Shan, Wala Shikoh, Muhtasham-i-Dauran, Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shrimant Madhav Rao III Scindia Bahadur, Shrinath, Mansur-i-Zaman, Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior ("Bhaiya" to his close friends) passed away, by Indian standards, in the prime of youth (56). I remember when I heard the news on October 30, 2001, I was filled with disbelief. Just a couple of weeks earlier, I'd had a melancholy chat with Madhavrao during which he confessed his disillusionment and disappointment with Congress politics. He was thinking of quitting public life altogether. He was neither a schemer nor a sycophant, two qualities mandatory for climbing the greasy pole at 24, Akbar Road. As M.S. Gill

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