A reality check in UP

It is interesting to watch Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav when the chips are down. In May 1991, he was fighting with his back to the wall in the state elections to stay on in power. As chief minister — he was in the Janata Dal then, and the Samajwadi Party had not been formed — he had little going for him. That was in the aftermath of the confrontation with saffron activists over the Ram Janmabhoomi when 15 kar sewaks were killed in police firing as they headed for the Babri Masjid.

Cut & Thrust:Of fillips and flops

Capricious laws, overzealous officials and bureaucratese flip flops marked the demonetisation journey. A journey replete with more failures than successes, but absorbed exceedingly well by India. No murmurs of public dissent, no unrest, no anarchy, no rebellion; but dislocation and certainly disruption in our daily lives faced as we are an acute paucity of liquidity aka Vitamin C.