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Dhoondtey Reh Jao Ge

In the elusive search for black money, post the November demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes, anyone who asks for evidence runs the risk of being labelled anti-national.

I admit I was born a Congrensi. This Punjabi term amply demonstrates the loyalty of the Sikh community to the Indian National Congress before, during and after the partition of the country. It was what my parents were, it was what their parents were, and, by default, what I turned out to be. Ironically, very dynastic followers for the dynastic rulers! Then 1984 happened and though it drove a wedge through the Sikh–Punjabi Congress support base, it did not completely cleave it. We realised that somewhere the protector had become the aggressor and in some of our minds, it did not sit right.

Why am I recounting this? To laboriously make the point that when Sonia Gandhi chose to appoint Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister (PM) of India, for what almost all the country thought were self-serving reasons, she did two things. First, she picked the most qualified person for the job. And second, she set up a community which her party had harmed to helm the affairs of the country.

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