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B T Ranadive

in an idle nursery rhyme. Over most of eastern Europe, the Soviet Union not excluding, the socialistic edifice was falling down, falling down. The old coordinates started to crumble with an astonishing rapidity, so that, by the spring of 1990, it seemed all was over and not even bar the shouting. BTR's sarcasm, always biting, acquired, during these fading days, an even more cutting edge: don't you know, the editorial board of Moscow News met in an emergency session and they, honest souls, have chosen henceforth to describe themselves as Washington News! There can thus be some sympathy for the point of view that this old war-horse deserved a more dignified exit; if only he had faded away a couple of years ago, he would have been spared the agony of reading in the newspapers the report of a politbureau colleague, presiding over a state government, going to the length of accepting, with a smile on his face, a chunk of the Berlin Wall from a visiting West German delegation. These past four months were intensely painful, and in more than one sense. Death, one dare say, came as deliverance to BTR.

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