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Parallel Government

a new plateau of modernisation and Parallel Government? sell-reliant achievement. The vested Romesh I WONDER whether it ever seems to the holders of high office in India that their deeds seldom follow their words, Even as the President was waxing eloquent in his Republic Day message to the nation about the need for a 'national reconciliation', various awards were being dished out in his name for favouiltes and the like. We have become so cynical about all this that scientist Dhawan is mistaken for R K Dhawan ny those who stop at the headlines! The call for national reconciliation is Fast becoming a political cliche in the hands of Indira Gandhi and her spokesmen. Apart from the fact that, in interviews of various description, she is for ever praising her good works and those of her colleagues in a manner suggesting that all critics are scoundrels, the plea for political consolidation is so pitched that it has come to mean an opening to follow 'the leader'. The response is zero. Anyone who frequents I Safdarjang Road knows that the PM is desperate, about the atmosphere of suspicion, doubt, and antagonism which dissolves all talk of co-operation. But she is totally oblivious of her contribution to this most serious polarisation.

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