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   A friend from Delhi, who visited me last week... (May 10, 1990)

A friend from Delhi, who visited me last week, was telling me about his college-going son. "Arre ji, in Delhi university he is considered as an outstanding scholar. No policeman has the courage to touch me hair on his head."

"I am happy yo hear that, I treat the success of my friends' children as my own children's success," I said. "What is he studying now?"

"Where is the time for study ji!" my friend said. "For the last one month, he is lying down on the road and not allowing any traffic to pass. He is very active in the anti-reservation movement ji. I told him, now that you are young you can do all this, later you will be too busy."

"Yes, perhaps," I said.

"Bilquool barabar ji," my friend said, his face glowing with paternal pride and Zandu ka Chavanpraash. "The other day, he came home in the evening day, he came home in the evening and said a cyclist tried to pass his rasta roko, so he removed air from his cycle tyre. I was so pleased I bought him a new fountain-pen."

"Always good to present students with such useful things," I said. "Does he attend college every day?"

My friend said: "There days he spends all his time at the Boat Club ji, distrupting meetings of the pro-reservationists. One thing, I told him, do one thing at a time, attneding college-bollage will come later."

"I see," I said. "How do the police look upon all his activities?"

"Arre ji, hum ko uski kya parvah hai, our children are supported by politicians so how do the police matter! They throw stones at such policemen."

"If he does not attend college and if he spends his time throwing stones at policemen, how will your son pass his exams?" I asked.

"Arre ji, ladka hoshiyaar hai, kiski takat hai usko fail karne ki," my friend said. "And if they are all failed, they will have another agitation. After all, what they are all doing is for the national cause, you know, national cause."

"Yes," I said.

"Tell me, what are your sons doing?" my friend asked.

"Oh nothing much," I said. "They have no academic life here, all they do is go to scholl, study, come back home, and do their homework."

 
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