MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA SEPTEMBER 10 , 2013 00.20 A.M.
29 March 1928 – 07 Sep 2013
Former Indian Foreign Secretary and former controversial Governor of Uttar Pradesh , Romesh Bhandari , died on September 07 , 2013 at the age of 85 . But the news came 2 days later in today’s newspapers .
He was born in Lahore , Pakistan . His father Amar Nath Bhandari was a Punjab High Court Judge , who was part of the bench which decided Gandhi Assassination case .
He died on the night of 7th September 2013 after a prolonged illness . As I have stated earlier , news came two days after his death . And it was insignificantly consigned in the small column of the newspapers .
To secure this much coverage , he mortgaged his dignity . He became a servile flatterer and a fawning parasite . During his tenure of the governor of Uttar Pradesh , he became a shameless sycophant of his political masters and allowed , hatched and supervised all kind of machinations to topple democratically elected BJP government of Kalyan Singh . In a midnight coup , he dismissed Kalyan Singh and appointed his stooge Jagdambika Pal , as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh . Today Jagdambika Pal is a prominent member of the Congress party .
It is another story that the illegal government of Jagdambika Pal did not survive and Romesh Bhandari had egg on his arrogant face . He was audacious enough to carry on as the governor of Uttar Pradesh even after this fiasco . When BJP government was formed at the centre , he meekly submitted his resignation and ran away from Uttar Pradesh .
In my life I have watched and read about many governors of various provinces . But Romesh Bhandari was allegedly the most shameless and cunning of them all . He was an unabashed sycophant . Little wonder that his death evoked no sympathy . Even present day mandarins of Indian National Congress chose to ignore his inconsequential and controversial legacy . He did every thing to please his masters . He subverted every tenet of the constitution of India . He allowed Raj Bhawan of Uttar Pradesh to become a chamber of conspiracy . He himself became a doormat of his political masters . And yet , after his death , he got just few lines tucked in the inner pages of the national newspapers and that too , after two days .
Ignominy , thy name is Romesh Bhandari !
I am sorry that I have to write this about him after his death . It is said that you should speak only good about the dead . But Romesh Bhandari is the exception . That is the reason I have not posted my photograph in sad mood , which I always post when I write an obituary .
VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters along with all the members of the staff of VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would strive not to be like him in any way .
It is better to live for principles and live the life with dignity than to become a stooge and factotum for power and pelf .
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