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A Lesson from Uttar Pradesh

in the State cabinet. Has any politician ever stopped to wonder how an ordinary housewife feels when she sees someone as eminent as, for example, the Prime Minister closetted with a person who, barely two years ago, would have been described as a common criminal? Times have changed, the street ruffian has donned the party apparel and has learnt to speak the appropriate cliche-ridden slogans. He is now invited to inaugurate literary soirees or speak on the nature and significance of non-violence in national life. No one need be surprised if, even while he is speaking, tucked away around his waist is a vicious- looking knife, or if the unusual padding you notice ou the left shoulder of his kurta is the tell-tale sign of a barely concealed weapon. It may not be quite CAPITAL VIEW pre-history since he had last used that knife or that gun, maybe to finish off a former pal who fell out with him over the sharing of the spoils from breaking open sealed railway wagons.

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