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   The wife was saying: "Why don't you get Mr. Gandhi... (June 23, 1986)

The wife was saying: "Why don't you get Mr. Gandhi to appoint you as a commission also. Everybody else is being made a commission, Justice Desai Commission and Justice Venkataramilab Commission and what not."

"I do not think Mr. Gandhi has plans to appoint any more commissions," I said. "There is a time for commissions and a time for action. Besides, even if he were to appoint more commissions, there is no reason why he should make one of them my commission."

"Why not!" said the wife. "What is there so special about me, it is the other way around, that there is nothing special about you that you cannot be made a commission!"

"It is not that there is anything special about me, it is the other way around, that there is nothing special about me," I said. "You must understand that, though it may not appear so, only the, seniormost judges and the most experienced retired civil servants are appointed on commissions. Mr. Gandhi does not just pick up anybody on the road, as if he is appointing a home minister or a governor of Punjab."

The wife said: "I think you are quite qualified to be a commission. After all, you almost look like a commission and Mr. Gandhi would like to have people from other walks of life to be on the commission also. For all you know, even Mr. Barnala may favour that."

"Perhaps," I said, "though I don't think I took I look like a commission that is carrying things too far. However, if I was made a commission, I would not know what to do. It is necessary that you must know the job also."

"What is there to know!" said the wife. "See, on Chandigarh you don't have to worry, because, that is already decided, it is being given to Punjab whether Punjab wants it or not. All you have to do is decide about a few villages. You reserve one day to go and talk to the villagers. If they are talking in Punjabi, keep them in Punjab, if they are talking in Hindi, give them to Haryana. That is all there is to it."

"It is not as simple as that," I said. "If that was the case, the nation would not be facing its greatest crisis ever and Mr. Gandhi would not be appointing one commission after another. I tell you we are best off where we are. We keep out of all comissions and satisfy ourselves by reading Mr. Girilal Jain's front-page editorials.

"If all Indians were to think like that then where wuld the country go," the wife said. It is the duty of every Indian to offer himself as a commision. And the sooner you write to Mr. Gandhi and offer your services, the better."

"Very well," I said, "what shall I say?"

"Tell him he should announce it as the Justics Busybee Commission," the wife said.

 
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