Debating India

He talked the same way all young people do

Khushwant AHLUWALIA

Thursday 20 May 2004, by AHLUWALIA*Khushwat

HOSHIARPUR: "Aane Wali Naslen tumpar fakkar karengi, hum isroh, jab unko yeh dhyan aayega ki tumne Firak ko dekha tha" (future generations will take pride in you thinking that you had intimacy with Manmohan Singh).

That’s principal S P Bhandari, reciting? poet Firak Gorakhpuri, when asked to comment about his college mate Manmohan Singh. Bhandari runs a kindergarten school in the city, said that Manmohan was an unassuming and a brilliant boy in college. His close friends were Pritam Singh Bhinder husband of former MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, B N Goswami and Prof M L Bhanot. Singh finished post graduation in economics from Punjab University College , Hoshiarpur.

Bhandari pointed towards the street across, and said that the college hostel was right there and was home to Manmohan. What was he like as a young man? Bhandari replies "we talked the same as young boys are supposed to do". Memaan...Shameaan, especially after he visited Hoshiarpur after completing his degree from Cambridge .

Bhandari who lost ouch with Singh, says that after he became the finance minister, I thought he would be very busy. But Bhandari now wants to meet Manmohan and congratulate him in his moment of glory. Bhandari says that friends always thought that he would become a Bureaucrat. But becoming the Prime Minister of India, one could never imagine sixty years back.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Thursday, 20 May, 2004.

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