22 October, 2020

Villain No. 7: Romesh Bhandari

A servile, self-seeking, extravagant, unscrupulous, egotistical, thick-skinned, wining, dining, golfing, social climbing, headline-hunting good-time Charlie.

Villain No. 7: Romesh Bhandari
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Uttar Pradesh survived Romesh Bhandari. So did democracy—just about—as the governor partied the year through, sublimely indifferent to press portrayals of a servile, self-seeking, extravagant, unscrupulous, egotistical, thick-skinned, wining, dining, golfing, social climbing, headline-hunting good-time Charlie.

Bhandari started the year by shrugging away the Allahabad High Court’s trenchant observations on his conduct as governor. He’d virtually hijacked governance after the October 1996 (hung) assembly polls by recommending President’s rule. In characteristic "What, me worry?" fashion Bhandari made hay while the matter went to the Supreme Court, effecting over 200 transfers of IAS/IPS officers at the behest of Mulayam Singh Yadav for whom he’s ditched his Congress friends. He took off from instituting "Mulayam Raj" only to embellish his Raj Bhawan.

Perhaps the closest Bhandari came to losing his job was when he locked horns with Union home minister Indrajit Gupta. Bhandari took the latter’s remark that "the largest state in the country is heading...

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