Tid­ings of Trou­ble

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

For­mer I&B Min­is­ter Man­ish Te­wari’s book launch had an in­ter­est­ing panel with Arvind Ke­jri­wal and BJP’s lat­est rebel Yash­want Sinha shar­ing the dais with the Congress leader. And nat­u­rally the hot topic of the day was the econ­omy, with Sinha tak­ing off where he left off from his col­umn. Tongue firmly in cheek, he com­mented, “Book re­lease func­tions of late have be­come dan­ger­ous events.” He was, of course, re­fer­ring to an­other book re­lease where Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley was the chief guest and had taken pot shots at Sinha, call­ing him an 80-year-old ap­pli­cant for the FM’s job. Now it was Sinha’s turn to hit back. He asked the au­di­ence if any­one re­called who the third brother of the Kau­ravas was (ref­er­ence to the Ma­hab­harata). And then added, “no one re­mem­bers the third. They only re­mem­ber the two.” And let the au­di­ence make what they could of that com­ment. When Arvind Ke­jri­wal was asked by the mod­er­a­tor Barkha Dutt why he had been silent for so long, es­pe­cially af­ter the Pun­jab polls, he smiled and said: “There’s no need for me to speak, ab janata bol rahi hai (the public is vent­ing).” Clearly, Man­ish Te­wari’s book could not have been more aptly named—a col­lec­tion of his col­umns, it’s called Tid­ings of Trou­bled Times. In­ter­est­ingly, when asked what he had learnt in the last three years, be­ing out of power, Man­ish quipped, “The big­gest learn­ing has been that one can have a life out­side pol­i­tics.” Touché.

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