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Post-Independence New Delhi has seen fifty summers come and go. The new leaders of the land, in their starched white clothes, have often seemed oblivious to the aspirations of the people. Here, in the older part of the capital, life goes on as usual, at Chandni Chowk, the silver square, the bustling bazaar outside the Red Fort.
Inside the high walls of this fortress, centuries ago, the descendants of the Mughal empire had intrigued, fought and collaborated with the enemy. Modern India's rulers have sometimes behaved no differently. Soon after Congress president Sitaram Kesri withdrew his party's support to the Deve Gowda government, we had a panel discussion in our studio with Congress MP Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and former Finance Minister and spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yashwant Sinha. I asked Sinha if the episode had not tarnished the entire tribe of Indian politicians.
Yashwant Sinha: "I will take it in the spirit it should be taken. Because the political class did come out in poor light because as it is felt, it is basically an ego clash that led to this crisis. It has put the future of the entire country in jeopardy and basically whatever Dasmunshi might say in justification, the point is Mr Kesri did not like Mr Deve Gowda's face, Gowda could not get along for whatever reason with Kesri, their chemistry couldn't work together and that's the reason why this country is in this position."