Prakash Karat must love the new owners of Delhi’s international airport. When the government first mooted the idea of privatising India’s airports, the Left parties made the loudest objections. The rest of us took the line that inefficient public sector monopolies needed to be de-nationalised so that they could be run by the super-efficient Indian private sector. After all,
Why am I opposed to the imposition of President’s Rule in UP? Well, for the obvious reason. I am wary of the precedent it would set. It’s always easy to apply constitutional arguments to causes you approve of. But the true test of your commitment to a principle is when you apply it to something you don’t like.
Did he think then that anything would come of his return to the party he had first joined in 1970?
P. Chidambaram measures his words carefully. “I don’t think it is any secret that even the Congress party did not think that it would form the government. So, it had never occurred to me that I would be a minister.”But did he,