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Stupidities to the Fore

Romesh Thapar

For the first time in many years, I do not know where to begin. Does the smouldering Punjab situation need more attention? Or the quiet rebellion so noticeable in the ruling Congress Party following the unveiling of 'new' economic policies? Or the Hegde resignation in KJarnataka in the interests of 'value-based' politics? Or the virtual banning of the government-blessed foreign documentary titled, believe it or not, "Rajiv's India". Beginnings are important— for, each development could be independent of the other, or part of a general collapse that threatens India's dynastic politics.

Rajiv Gandhi's decision to let the Sikhs settle their own problems could be the first massive blow to the federal structure—and all because, for some strange reason, he has been told that he is mollycoddling them. Such nonsense. The Akali Dal has rightly refused to launch on a blood-bath in the Golden Temple (expected by those who want to wash away the memory of Blue-Star!) even as it holds its Sarbat Khalsa at Anand Sahib to show its strength. But the uncomfortable thought persists: do not those who control the Golden Temple control the community and its financial resources?

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