I would conclude the instant part of my work quoting Shri Kuldip Nayar from his autobiographical work “Beyond the Lines” – “I did not know Rajiv Gandhi well but felt that India had lost him just at a time when he had matured as a leader. … Jawaharlal Nehru, his great grandfather, dreamt of a scientific temper enveloping India. Rajiv, to a degree, brought that dream to life.”
As I said, I’ll be recalling certain events which had taken place during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister that had far reaching consequences on Indian polity. Like many others, I too believe that some of the decisions taken by the government during his regime had sown seeds for the country we are seeing today.
Rajiv Gandhi had a very charming personality with a disarming smile. A symbol of modernity, he was credited with providing the basis for telecommunications and Information Technology in India. In his speeches, Rajiv Gandhi often spoke about his dream of taking a strong, self-reliant and technologically sound India to the 21st Century.
Knowingly or unknowingly, people were grossly indulged in spreading all sorts of misinformation and inflammatory statements by sharing them further without verifying their authenticity or trying to understand the evil intentions behind them. Just about the same thing we are witnessing today; only the means have changed, which are more sophisticated and lethal now.
I would like to quote Billy Graham here – “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost”. So, more than the chaotic economic condition, which could be overcome and rebuilt with the passage of time, it’s the ‘character’ of the nation we must all be concerned about; because, once lost, we will never be able to regain it.
A large number of people had gathered on both side of the road to watch the Jhanki which was about to approach from the Red Fort side. Burkha-clad women could be seen sitting on the edge of the side-walkways with small children by their side, eagerly waiting for the Jhanki to turn up. It was really heartening to see such large number of people from a community perceived to be the most orthodox in their religious beliefs participating in a Hindu festival.
The frequency of such occurrences were random with no fixed pattern. However, over a period of time, the intensity of such occurrences increased and, instead of the moment that had just passed, I started to see the future moment, again a fleeting one, just a fraction of a second before the same actually occurred.
Here I must clarify that I do not have the slightest intention to promote drinking; though, I do believe that taking it in a limited quantity, following the 3Ds of Drinking, i.e., Duration, Dilution & Diet, will never really harm anybody in any manner unless and until one makes it a habit. Wish you all a very happy New Year. Cheers..
A closer look at the whole episode revealed nothing but the clash of ego, personal goals and petty Board politics. On the one hand, Chappell tried to dominate the Indian Cricket as the Coach like never before, while on the other hand Dada, by virtue of his very nature, acted like a real Prince and impeded every move Chappell made to tame him.
During his tenure as Captain of Team India, whether it were mighty Australians, the English, or the ferocious Pakistanis, everyone got the taste of Dada’s tough temperament. Nothing was invincible; unconquerable for Dada’s army. It was under his leadership that Indian team touched new heights with its never before ‘fighting spirit’.
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