It’s been an age since we’ve seen such a happy ending. The army chief General VK Singh and the defence minister AK Antony met recently and were all years, sorry ears, for each other. The two have not met since February 10 when the Supreme Court disposed of the case regarding the date of birth of the general but clearly the two are behaving like old friends, and we use the term ‘old’ loosely.
We wonder what they talked about. We are quite sure that the notoriously inarticulate Mr Antony’s advisers must have told him not to mention the word age. Remember the hilarious episode, ‘The Germans’, in the popular BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers in which John Cleese is expressly told not to mention the war to German customers at his hotel. The irrepressible Cleese in his role as Basil Fawlty cannot restrain himself from mentioning the ‘W’ word on several occasions, offending the Germans immensely. Certainly Mr Antony would not have said, “good to see you, it’s been ages.” Not that anyone would have been able to make out exactly what he says on any occasion.
But ever since we saw the report on the bonhomie between the two, we cannot get dates off our mind. Could this be a sign that we are getting on in years? But then we have been following the very public spat between the army chief and the defence ministry since its very birth. Oh dear, there we go again. No doubt the defence minister is a happy man these days with his son Ajith entering the acting profession. A fine decision at the age of 22, don’t you think? As for the general, he has proved that you are only as old as you feel. As we all know, the older the fiddle, the better the tune. We could go on, but we’ll stop. After all, we have to get this editorial out before its sell-by date.