21 October, 2020

Yawn, It Was A Sleep Year

The Congress was in its teen blues, the BJP in a hangover. 2006 will wake everyone up.

R. Prasad
Yawn, It Was A Sleep Year
2005 was the kind of year that doesn't deserve an annual review. Its highlight was its lowlight: a sordid story about an overripe son and a distraught father in which the first lost his mind and the second his self-respect. At the moment of writing, the not-so-young Jagat Singh is still looking for excuses to avoid interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate over deals done when Saddam Hussein looked good enough to last a couple of lifetimes, and former foreign minister Natwar Singh has returned to the capital's book release circuit while the political class waits breathlessly to find out if they have any names to name. It is an extraordinary paradox, but the real power of an accused lies in his ability to spread the accusation.

The government of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi came to power in 2004. It enjoyed power in 2005. In 2006, they will have to let us know why they are in power. Since the full life of an elected government is five years, it is permitted teenage luxuries in its first months, and youthful excess in its second year. In...


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