Volume 20 Number 1 20th Year of Publication January 2, 2020
Strange bed-fellows in Maharashtra
government, Uddhav gets dream job
Maharashtra state of India has presented a peculiar situation after the Assembly elections in November. After more than a month of going and coming, tough bargaining and a shameless exhibition of naked hunger of power by the Shiv Sena resulted in strange bed-fellows with divergent policies coming together to form a government.
Abandoning some three decades of close association with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the staunch Hindu party Shiv Sena joined the opposition ‘secular’ parties - Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi’s Congress - to form the government. SS founder, the late Bal Thackeray’s soul must be extremely unhappy to see his son Uddhav ditching BJP and in his hunger for power joining hands with arch rivals Congress and NCP.
Chasing a century
This is the title of a book by an old Australian cricketer Bill Lowry and I have just borrowed it from him for this article. Thanks Bill, though I have not seen you play but have heard about your great exploits with the bat some 50 years back.
There, my relation with Bill Lowry and that book with this piece of writing ends. But thanks anyway for a catchy headline.
I am an old model of 1929. A little battered, huff and puff sometimes. Engine in a comparatively good running condition. Had a single owner for 55 years who maintained me carefully, lovingly and serviced me regularly. In response, I did the same – be there for her anytime, and all the time I was needed, and did whatever I am supposed to do for a loving wife.