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Calcutta Diary

February 2, 1974 IT is, the doctors would say, perversity of the worst sort, but nothing can be done; there it is: a vast ground- swell of vicarious pleasure now that the Congress has got such a drubbing in Maharashtra. The emaciated middle class in West Bengal, a pang of nostalgia in its heart, also scans the news about the turmoil in Gujarat, much in the mood of a down-and-out middle- aged school teacher as he reads in the papers dizzy stories about the successes of a former student of his. It is an odd combination of emotions: a mute confession of one's own impotence; a touch of regret and envy that the discomfiture is being inflicted on the ruling party a thousand miles away, and not here; at the same time though, there is also an outlet of the pent-up venom; at long last, somebody has shown the guts to teach those rascals up there a proper lesson.

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