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   Different people are planning to spend tomorrow’s bandh in different ways... (February 25, 1986)

Different people are planning to spend tomorrow’s bandh in different ways.

Dr. Datta Samant will go around the city, chest firmly stuck in the air, and congratulate the people for having supported the bandh in such an exemplary manner. Mr. Bal Thackeray will sit in his audience room at his residence in East Bandra and receive reports of the bandh in various areas. Mr. George Fernandes would have left Bombay for Patna or Indore or some other place to organise the Bharat Bandh there. This is in keeping with Mr. Fernandes’s national status, as against the strictly local status of the other two.

Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar will function from his residence at Varsha after his assistants tell him that there is no point in going to Mantralaya since no staff has turned up. In the evening, since Indian Airlines would be functioning, he may fly to Delhi. But that is routine.

Police Commissioner D. S. Soman will be in full uniform. Personally moving around the city and checking that law and order is maintained.

The entire government staff will take a holiday. Because of this, though suburban trains will be running, they will be running empty.

Children will play cricket on the road. It would be nice if by the end of the day another Gavaskar in the making is produced, but this never happens.

Aarey milk vans will go around the city in the morning, but not in the afternoon. Ambulances will be seen in the streets off and on. These are what are know in bandh language as emergency services.

Restaurant - wallas will close their restaurants, but towards 6 o’clock in the evening, they will lift half their shutters and serve wada sambars (which reminds me, I have not eaten a wada sambar since the time I stopped living next to Satkar).

Cinemas will be closed, but who goes to cinemas these days of video parlours. Video parlours will be open, since they are not official, and, in any case, video parlours are not affected by the rise in prices.

Private motorists will stay off the road, not as protest against the rise in their petrol prices but because they would not want their shiny red Marutis to be damaged by a stray stone. And the Maruti is particularly vulnerable to stones.

Finally, Mr. Murli Deora the BRCC-I president, will issue a statement at the end of the day declaring that the bandh had flopped and congratulating the citizens for having stood by the party and the government.

 
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