In a rapidly fossilizing government an 80 year old technocrat known more for reforms and less for politics is struggling to promote his visions. In a party that is known more for its cronyism and allegiance to a pseudo-monarchist family than its transparent process of promoting merit, this comes as little surprise. While the crown-prince acknowledges this very fact, the grand lady wields the powers-in-the-shadows deftly and sometimes, brazenly. Accountability is therefore thrown for a toss. We are left in the lurch as to whether to tarnish the image of an old, nimble and shy PM or attribute it all to SG who is above accountability. This is not to say that the government has not been trying. Rather that the docility with which it approaches each issues and policy decisions it looks more and more akin a dog with bones that it brings back to its master, wagging its tails and showing intent. Sometimes, it does make one wonder if a two-party system would have been better in India despite its myriad and gigantic populace. This also, despite one’s sharp aversion to dynastic politics and power-by-birth doctrine, makes one wishful of the virtues of one prodigal son, hoping against odds that he learns and delivers– it then matters not how and what gave him the power. At the very least, a central authority with visibly wielded powers is better than an opaque power sharing agreement, one where each decision is fraught with melodramatic emotions, stupid blackmails, irrelevant logic and a paralyzed parliament. As long as he learns, understands and corrects himself and his alma mater I vouch for the king-to-be, not because I think he deserves to be more because pragmatism and resigning to the best alternative go hand in hand. Too much of wishful thinking? That’s all that can be done isn’t it?