20 August 2008: On Rajiv Gandhi's sixty-fourth birth anniversary, some questions arise related to current politics. Did his assassination kick in the era of coalition politics faster and stronger and has that delayed the emergence of an authentic two-party system? In this battle between the impulses for coalition politics and a two-party system, which will hold deeper and longer sway? Would it be fair to say that Rajiv Gandhi was the last national-level dynast, and that his true inheritors are the likes of M.Karunanidhi, J.Jayalalithaa, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, and so forth, but that even they will meet their comeuppance faced with the law of diminishing returns? Would politics then change course to evolve a two-party system? Quite a handful, these questions, and no clear answers. But let us try.