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|by Ravinder Malhotra|
Sometime in August 2010, Rediff, an e-portal reported Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s prediction " Inflation to be 6% and growth 10% soon.
For the uninitiated, Mr. Monte Singh Ahluwalia is the Dy. Chairman of the Planning Commission. He has been recently conferred with a Padam Vibhushan for his contribution to (hilarious predictions in) public affairs !
Montek’s predictions remind me of a famed cartoonist, Mr. Sudhir Dar, whose cartoons in the Hindustan Times were a delight. I recollect one particular catoon.
The metrological department had given out a rosy picture of above average rainfall. However the monsoon had failed. The cartoon showed a van of the department 200 kms out of Delhi and a metrologist leaning out to ask a villager “ Kyun bhai, any sign of monsoon ahead”
I have observed that Montek’s mouthing’s are as out of sync with reality as the metrological predictions of the 60’s and 70’s; the others being ‘India Shining’ of the NDA and predictions of astrologers !
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