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   The wife was saying the morning... (December 12, 1986)

The wife was saying the morning: "Now that they are deciding how to disburse the Rs. 100 crore that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is presenting to the citizens of Bombay, why don't the citizens of Bombay, why don't we also put in an application for some of the money?"

I said: "The is not some nationalised bans," the wife said. "However, Mr. Gandhi has announced that the money is for the citizens of Bombay, so we may as well apply for some. Not much, just enough to see the children through their school and college."

"There are other more high-priority things, besides the education of your children, like the Dharavi slum-clearance scheme and reparis to old building," I said. "And the Rs. 100 crore that the central government is giving will not be sufficient even for Dharavi."

"That is exactly why I am telling you that we should apply immediately, before all the money is spent on Dharavi," the wife said. "Proper fool you will look if by the time you get around to applying they tell you that the money has been exhausted."

"I would look like a bigger fool if I ask them for money to educate your children," I said.

"Are they not your children also," the wife said. "You can't afford to educate your children and, when Mr. Gandhi is going out of his way to offer you some money to do so, you have to stand on your pride and refuse."

"I am not standing on anybody's pride," I said. "Let me first of all tell you it is not Mr. Gandhi's personal money that he is so generously offering. Nor it is Mr. Murli Deora's money of Mr. Moti Daryanani's. It is the government's money, which means it is our money. And I would happily ask for some of my own money back, only I do not know who to ask for it."

"You could have asked Mr. Gandhi himself when he came to Bombay on Monday," the wife said. "But you never thought of it, you never think of anything that concerns you family. I am sure everybody, including Mr. Vasantrao Patil, must have asked him for money when he came to Bombay."

"Perhaps, you are right," I said. "But now what do you want me to do?"

"Why don't you make an air-dash to Delhi and see him," the wife said.

"If I do that, he would think I have come there either to get Mr. Shankarrao Chavan removed as chief minister or Mr. Sharad Pawar appointed as chief minister," I said.

 
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