For some 1990 has been a good year, for some it has been a bad year. For Mr. Chandra Shekhar, it has been a good year, he has finally attained the ambition of his life and all by his own work. For Mr. V.P. Singh it has been a bad year, he has hesitated, fumbled, compromised, taken emotional decisions, stubbornly stuck to principales, betrayed his principals, finally lost the prime ministership. For Mr. Rajiv Gandhi it has been a bad, bad, bad year.
To continue with the politicians, for Mr. Sharad Pawar it has been a good, good, good year, and, in the coming year (1990), the worse it gets for Mr. Gandhi, the better it will get for Mr. Pawar. For Mr. Ramarao Adik, it has been no year at all, he is still talking of building a statue for Indira Gandhi. As for Mr. Bal Thackeray, during the year he has had his brief moment of glory, when people actually believed that the Shiv Sena flag would be proudly flying over the Mantralaya. By the end of 1991, the same people may be asking: Bal Thackeray, who?
For Mr. L.K. Advani, the year has been good or bad, depending on how you look at it. He has gained 10 million votes and he has lost his soul. For Mr. Madhu Dandavate, it does not matter whether the year has been good or bad. Men like him take the passage of time in their stride. For Mr. Devi Lal, the year may be divided into three parts: good, bad, and good.
For Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, it has been a year of change: from politics to films. For Mr. Rajesh Khanna also it has been a year of change: from films to politics (courtsey Mr. Moti Daryanani). For Mr. Shatrughan Sinha, it has been a year of disappointment, the government he got elected solely with his own efforts and oratory - was thrown out. For Mr. Sunil Dutt, it has been a year of disillusionment. By the end of it, he may be seriously considering to return from politics to films.
For Mr. Nana Chudasama, it has been not just one good year but two good years. And it could easily have been three good years, but he said - no, enough is enough. For Dr. Homi Sethna - frankly nobody knows.
For Mr. Arun Shourie, Mr. Suman Dubey, Mr. Prem Shankar Jha, Mr. Rahul Singh, it has been a bad year. For one reason or another, they all lost their jobs. For Mr. Pritish Nandy, it has been a good year; he has triumphantly brought about the marriage of magazine and newspapers journalism, and he has successfully avoided entering politics.
As for the rest of the citizens of India, who cares whether it has been a good year for them ro a bad year!