Tough Time To Take Over
s I write this letter, the Indian cricket team is reeling under the after-effects of yet another abject batting performance in England. If it weren’t for a resolute century by Rahul Dravid, the match would have been long over.
In many ways, our cricket team’s fortunes are no different from that of the Manmohan Singh government’s. For the past few months, the central government has been bedevilled by a string of gaffes, the last being the arrest of activist Anna Hazare. The early morning swoop on August 16 was a monumental error of judgement that ended up in a wave of protests across urban India and galvanised civil society support on a scale not seen in recent times. It took a 41-year-old general secretary of the Congress Party — supposedly a greenhorn in politics — to drive sense into his senior colleagues in the Union Cabinet.
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