"There are only two tragedies in life. One is not to get what one wants. The other is to get it," says CK Lal in his column about Sher Bahadur Deuba. (State of the State, #53). Truly, Deuba could not have asked for a more inopportune moment to come to power-a full-blown insurgency that seems to be growing stronger and uncontrollable by the day, an economy that appears to be drowning because of this, an opposition that is in a "wait-watch-strike" mode. Such is the backdrop against which he has taken his oath of office. Two outcomes flow from this: sink or swim. Will these same challenges propel Deuba to greater heights, or will they spell his doom? For our country's sake, let us hope and pray for the former.