And some end-of-year thoughts:
It has been a good year for Mr. Sharad Pawar. He has got himself into the party in power, he has been promised he will be made chief minister, he is on his way to becoming one.
It has been a bad year for Mr. Shakarrao Chavan. Much against, his will and personal judgment he was brought to Maharashtra and all though the year attempts have been made to push him out of it.
It has been a good year for Dr. Farooq Abdullah. He has been made chief minister again, he is in the good books of the Prime Minister, he has got himself out of that motley lot of opposition leaders.
It has been a bad year for Mr. Ramkrishna Hegde. When he resigned as chief minister, nobody was prepared to believe he had actually resigned. And now when he says he is not resigning from the Janta Party and joining the Congress, once again nobody is believing him.
It has been a good year for Sunil Gavaskar. He has got his 34th century and may probably get his 35th before the year is out, he has established he has got several more years of cricket left in him, he can pick and choose how long he wants to continue to play and when he wants to retire.
It has been a bad year for Kapil Dev. He has been unfit most of the year, he has led the world champions to a series of narrow and avoidable defeats, his career as a bowler is drawing to a close, his second book seems to be as big a disaster as his first.
It has been a good year for Mr. Sunul Dutt. His status as the representative of the film industry in parliament has risen, he has successfully bridged the gap from films to politics.
It has been a bad year for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. He is still watiting to be made a minister, his efforts to end the industry's strike have been misuderstood, his film career has suffered.
It has been a good year for Mr. Buta Singh. He has blundered his way, into the home ministry, he has managed to keep himself on the right side of the prime minister.
It has been a bad for Mr. Arun Nehru. First the heart-attack, then no VVIP visitors coming to see the patient, then the steady erosion of departments under his charge, finally the sacking. At the end of the year, very few people remember Arun Nehru.
It has been a good year for Mr. Natwar Singh, though it does not mean that the next year will be equally good. It has been a bad year for Mr. Romesh Bhadari and next year will continue to be bad.
As for Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, it has been a bad year for him. But who is going to tell him!