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Calcutta Diary

 Calcutta Diary A M WHAT might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present. So many passages, which we did not take, lead towards doors we never opened. Elementary lessons in economics were never learned, a hundred opportunities were allowed to waste. In those relatively tranquil years, spanning between 1968 and 1971, voices, here and there, even inside government, had implored, pleaded, almost whined, in order to reach the ears of the political leadership: voices that tried to tell the authorities that if you burn the candle at both ends, once the season of carnivals is over, it will be death. Ironically, other echoes have now begun to inhabit the garden: Of all people, it is the Prime Minister who is talking of the folly of burning the candle at both ends; but alas, she has got the context all wrong.

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