Like everybody else, I have in these last five years lived under two different governments, first the Congress-I and later the National Front. I will now give my analysis of life under the two governments.
In the Congress-I government, all decisions were taken by the prime minister alone, though sometimes he used to consult his wife. In the National Front government, the decisions are taken up by a consensus made up of the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, members of his cabinet, members of the BJP and the Leftist parties, members of the opposition, Mr. Jagmohan, etc.
In the Congress-I government, the honeymoon lasted for one year. In the National Front government, the honeymoon lasted for 106 days. Then, on the 107th day, Mr. Devi Lal sent in his resignation.
Mr. Rajiv Gandhi dismissed ministers, chief ministers, foreign secretaries, etc. Mr. V.P. Singh dismissed governors.
Everybody felt sorry for Mr. Buta Singh during the Congress-I rule. And everybody continues to feel sorry for Mr. Buta Singh during the National Front rule.
Doordarshan was governmentcontrolled and boring during the Congress-I rule. It is autonomous and boring during the National Front rule.
It was Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's desire to take the country into the 21st century. It is Mr. Devi Lal's desire to take the country to the village post office. Mr. V.P. Singh has no desires at all.
For four years the Congress-I government tried to investigate the Bofors affair and failed. In one month the National Front government investigated the Bofors affairs and succeeded, though we atill do not know who look the money or how much money.
The best budget presented in the last six years was during the Congress-I rule, when Mr. V.P. Singh was the finance minister. And the worst budget presented during this period was by the National Front government, when Mr. V.P. Singh was the prime minister.
The Ambani were the number one business during the Congress-I government. The Wadias are the number one business family during the National Front government.
Mr. M.J. Akbar was the favourite journalist of Mr. Gandhi government and has been rewared with a seat in parliament, though what is seat without power. Mr. Santosh Bharatiya was the favourite journalist of Mr. Singh and has been rewarded with a seat in parliament. Power will come, in due course. Mr. Chautala was the favourite son of Mr. Devi Lala and has been rewarded with a chief minister's post.
In the Congress-I government, Mr. Mani Shankar used to write for the prime minister. In the National Front government, he writes for Sunday.
The congress-I government had Mr. Arun Nehru as a minister. The National Front government has Mr. Arun Nehru as a minister. And that, more or less, is the difference between the two governments.