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Search for Elusive Credibility

Search for Elusive Credibility Romesh Thapar THE banalities of today are captured in Prime Minister Morarji Desai's conversation with an Indian Airlines' hostess. The poor young thing wanted his autograph. "On one condition", said the immortal, "if you swear to wear khadi". "Give it in writing", Said the claque around him. The poor young thing obliged, forgetting of course that if she wants to hold her job she'll have to wear the uniform of the Indian Airlines. Or, may be, an obedient Chairman will put all hostesses into khadi. Ye gods, why does this land have to be burdened with so much bombast I Prime Minister Desai was riding above the clouds. But a sampling of Home Minister Charan Singh in the confines of the All-India Medical Institute is enough to give one the jitters. Battered by two heart attacks, but anxious to play it normal, the Home Minister launches vicious assaults and inuendoes on his colleagues in the party

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