Even as the friendless PJ was exchanging Chinese whispers with Ravindra & Batra inside the Ashram on how to sabotage the legal efforts of the parent petitioners, two self appointed unauthorized friends of his – Kunal & Ranvir – were seen engaged in an animated discussion this morning with Suman, Nanni, Vinay, Harsh & Anupama near the relay hunger strike site about starting a dialogue with SAES to resolve the crisis. It seems the wide ambit of the petition filed by 36 parents (briefly argued by Kanika Agnihotri) and the quality aggression of the counsel for the 9 petitioners, Gopal Shankarnarayan, has rattled the PJ camp. Needless to say, the Matri Store closure and the impending closure of the commercial kitchen from that building has also darkened the pall of gloom in the Ashram. The fired employees of Matri Store are up in arms.
Kunal & Ranvir (together with Puneet and to a lesser degree with Dinesh) have been opposing the parent petitioners and protesters but also floating between the camps pretending a degree of neutrality. At one point, Kunal was using his height to talk Nanni down but she held her ground and Anupama supported her with crisp counters. Vinay tore into Ranvir for taking the 14/4 shift lightly and helping SAES with it but some felt that the latter always has a know all smile on his face which symbolizes nothing. Vinay was upset that rumors were being spread about his having threatened the Diyas while they were leaving the Court. Over WhatsApp & email, Kunal & Gang haven’t been supportive of any factual discussion between the parents and have been derailing the same by raising frivolous questions or by injecting bawdy humor into related threads. Earlier, pretending to have come for signing the support letter, the better half of one of them even tried to spy for SAES by taking a cellphone shot of the list of the parents who had signed the letter of support in favor of the parent petitioners.
Leaving all that aside, Kunal & Gang’s focus this morning was initiation of dialogue between the parents and SAES / PJ without any pre-conditions. Clearly, they do not understand that reversing the 14/4 shift cannot be called a pre-condition for that condition did not exist till PJ forcibly created it with no regard for the safety and security of Mirambka children. Very importantly, that reversal would blunt the DDA Show Cause Notice to SAES for good. However, if PJ treats that reversal as a pre-condition, he should be prepared to face more music in the Court on July 24th. The fun has just begun!