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Confusion Abounding

Confusion Abounding Romesh Thapar WHEREVER you turn, the question forms whether there is any coherent policy planning at this moment in the affairs of this country. From the Prime Minister downwards, everyone seems to be drifting and hoping that things will turn out all right in the end. This kind of futurology is going to destroy our credibility almost as speedily as the last general election restored it, Bengal now has a Cabinet Minister (without portfolio!) to look after its inflated and explosive problems. But the Governor, who is exercising presidential powers, is also in the picture. It is unclear as to who will do the decisionmaking, S S Dhawan or S S Ray. As for the Education Ministery, it will cany on under S S Ray. What does it matter if it suffers neglect. There will be no problem after six months when the evacuees from Bangla Desh return! May be, the two new aspirants for Cabinet ranking will fill the gaps. D P Dhar, lately our Ambassador in Moscow, is projected prominently. Are his supporters lobbying that Karan Singh should be posted to Washington, presumably to make way for him to offer his services to the Nation. Such reports are planted even as Karan Singh is on a special mission in East Europe. Sukhadia, lately of Rajasthan, is in a humble, penintent posture at the moment, but this should not lead us to conclude that he is not interested in operating from the Centre. Home Affairs is his special skill.

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