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   It does not look like it is going to be a happy Diwali. (October 18, 1990)

It does not look like it is going to be a happy Diwali.

Mr. L.K. Advani, actively aided by Vijayaraje Scindia and silently and perhaps unwillingly abetted by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is about to tear the delicare fabric of Hindu Muslim harmony. Soon India will become as much a Hindu country as Saudi Arabia is Muslim.

And the BJP, which was the great hope and salvation of India in the 21st century, has turned into the country's greatest destroyer.

The government is about to collapse. There is no place for honest, if somewhat misguided and ineffective, prime ministers like V.P. Singh. And Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is waiting in the wings to take over. And thre is the grim prospect of him, with Natwar Singh and Shankaranad, with the addition of Mani Shanker Aiyar and M.J. Akbar, ruling us all over again.

And politicians are gibly taking of another mid-term poll, as if the country can afford to spend another fortune in re-elected them all over again.

And Indian that is a poor country has become poorer. And the people finally have no money left to even celebrate Diwali.

And you would think that the crisis in the Gulf and the resultant hike in oil prices would affect the affluent countries of the West, which have an average of three cars for every one person. But in fact has affected India more, which has one car for every 500,000 persons.

And instead of tackling problems that affect the people, or even pretending to do so, the governemtn and the opposition are busy scoring points over one another on non-issues. And instead of providing jobs, they are providing reservation sfor non-existent jobs.

And we have progressed from terrorists killing annocent people to innocent people killing other innocent people and finally young people killing themselves, by selfimmolation and swallowing pesticides and hanging themselves.

At a time when the whole world is coming together and the Cold War has faded and the distinction between socialists and capitalists are removed, we have become further divided among ourselves. We have become a people who are either pro-mosque or pro-temple, pro-reservation or anti-reservation. We have been left with neither the money nor the energy to celebrate Diwali.

Still, I would like to wish everybody a happy Diwali. Everybody except politicians, that is. They don't deserve it.

 
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