Prime Minister V.P. Singh has asked the ministry of human resources to investigate into the poor performance of India in the Beijing Asiad.
So, as per instructions of the chief, I went to the ministry and met the officer in charge of the investigations. He was siting in front of a map of China and concentrating. He raised a finger, tapped on it, and said: "The solution lies somewhere here."
"What, in China!" I said.
"No, in Beijing," the officer said. He took out a revolver from a holster strapped round his shoulder, spun the cartridge chamber, pused the revolver back into the holster, then asked me: "What can I do for you?'
I introduced myself and said: "We, meaning the chief and the paper, would like to know how far your investigations into the poor performance of India at the Asian Games have progressed."
"Well, we are preaparing an FIR, that is about all that I can tell you," the officer said, locking and unlocking a pair of handicuffs. "These are early days, you must remember, it takes time for an investigation to get going."
"Yes, I realise that," I said. "But do you have any early clues?"
The officer opened a drawer, took out a magnifying glass, a fingerprint set, then said: "The trail has gone a little cold. The prime minister called in the ministry of human resources to investigate the case full three days after the end of the Games. Still, we have picked up a couple of valuable clues. They are being followed up; some of our investigators have left for China and some others for Kerala."
"Ah ha, Kerala," I said.
"I would not like you journalists to read too much into that," the officer said. "We are also investigating in Delhi, including in the sports ministry. Nobody will be spared, not even the sports minister, if it comes to that. We are interrogating him to find out who fed him the line that we would be collecting 20 gold medals."
"Then the investigations are running smooth. When, do you expect to complete them?" I asked.
"Unlike in the Bofors case, we would prefer not to give a deadline," the officer said. "However, no matter how long it takes, nobody is going to get away. They can't escape us because none of them is a fast runner."