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   The following scene is taking place in Harare:.. (March 9, 1986)

The following scene is taking place in Harare:

Rajiv Gandhi: Time to go home, Mani Shankar.

Mani Shankar Aiyer: Yes, sir, it has been a most triumphant NAM meeting, very ably led by yourself. The world will know that when you say something you mean business. Shall I pack the bags?

RG: Let somebody else do that. You go and fix with the pilot our route back home and see there is not too much of a detour.

MSA: Do we take our usual route over Moscow?

RG: Naturally, Mani Shankar. Don't bother me with them. I am tired after leading the deliberations of the entire non-aligned world. And, please, prepare a short speech for me to deliver on my landing in Moscow. But let it not look formal and let it not look like it had been prepared in advance.

MSA : But, sir they will be suspended even if they follow it.

RG: Of course, they would be. But the would be in the line of duty.

MSA: How long do you wish to stay in Moscow? And do you wish to go into twon or be at the airport only?

RG: Not more than two hours. I think that should suffice for talks with the duputy prime minister or the first secretary, which is all that they send at the last minute. Also, as I have told you earlier, I do not with to go into Moscow. After all, this is not an official visit. (Mani Shankar Aiyer is seen making some notes on a pad.)

RG: What notes are you making Mani Shankar! We are not touring tribal areas for Doordarshan. Please give detailed instructions to the pilot as to what they should do. I do not want them to overfly Moscow.

MSA: Will the unscheduled landing be because of a diplomatic urgency or fire warning in the engine or damage to the aircraft while taking off from Prague?

RG: You can look after all those details, Mani Shankar. Don't bother me with them. I am tired after leading the deliberations of the entire non-aligned world. And, please, prepare a short speech for me to deliver on my landing in Moscow. But let it not look formal and let it not look like it had been prepared in advance.

MSA: I am sorry to trouble you, but it is necessary that you tell me this. Do you wish to further proceed to New Delhi by the same aircraft or do you wish Air-India to send another aircraft from India, or do you proceed by a Soviet aircraft.

RG: Not a Soviet aircraft. I cannot suspend the pilot and the crew if they do something to displease me.

MSA: And what do we tell the press that is accompanying you?

RG: Tell them what you like. Even the Indian press is not going to believe this time that we have landed in Moscow by accident.

 
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