For the two weeks, I have been trying to decide who I would nominate as my Man Of The Year if some pollster form MARC were to stop me at Churchgate station and ask.
I have thought Mr. Rajiv Gandhi naturally, but then he is such an obvious nomination, possibly selected by everybody who watches Doordarshan. Besides, I want to impress the pollster with my choice, not just name any body that comes to mind.
Also, I do belive that a Man Of The Year should be somebody of humble origins, a man who was come up and shot into prominence with his own efforts, hard work talents intelligence. Mr. Gandhi, through no fault of his own, does not meet these qulification.
I have thought of Sunil Gavaskar, but then I think of Gavaskar every year, except on year when he was at his cussed best or worst. Also, I do not think cricketers should be named Man Of The Year, it sounds rather infantile. Cricketers may be named Man Of the Match, of the Series, Champion Of The World, but not Man of The Year, which would give them a place in history (till next year, that is).
I have considered Mr. V. P. Singh, but then, by the time the year ends, or long before that, such are the perils of politics, he may not be a finance minister any more. And that would make me look rather foolish. And I do not want some MARG pollster, who interviewed me at Churchgate station, to one day tell his friend what a foolish nomination I had made.
As an alternative, I have thought of one of our distinguished industrialists, who have been victims of Mr. Singh, and have stood up bravely and with dignity against the arrows of misfortune and gained so much popular support. And I have thought the right person would them all. But then I thought I may be misunderstood, and these days it is best not to be misunderstood by the government.
I have given serious thought to Mr. Arun Singh and Mr. Arun Nehru or Mr. Arun Nehru and Mr. Arun Singh. But then the only way to nominate them is together, sort of joint man of The Year, like Gentleman magazine once did with Mr. Arun Shourie and Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, a rather interesting combination, I thought though neither of the two turned up to collect their of the two turned up to collect their half awards. But, in my case I do not know if the pollster would allow two nominations. And I do not like to be rejected.
So, as matters stand, I have yet to decide on my nomination. Meanwhile, I am avoiding Churchagate station so that I do not encounter a pollster.