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   Everybody must be happy this morning... (August 30, 1993)

Everybody must be happy this morning, happy with the Government's decision to increase the number of holiday from ten to 16.

Parsis who had lost their holidays and Christans who had lost their holiday and Christians hwo had lost their holiday (some of them are under the impression that January 1 is only their holiday) and Hindus and Muslims and government exployees and factory workers.

We are a people who believe in holidays. There is no point in working if we cannot have holidays.

In the Punjab they have a holiday to herald the spring. In Bombay the railways take a holiday every time it rains more than 25 mm.

When we were in scholl we had a holiday when a son was born to our principal (to his wife) and when we beat St. Peter's by an innings and 147 runs and when half the school was once laid up with measles.

In college we had the feasts of our patron saints and once when Polly Umrigar was selected for the "Tests" we stayed away from classes.

And then we have these holidays called "bandhs" provided by Mr. George Gernandes and others.

So now that the Government has decided to restore our holidays, we are naturally happy.

And I am not one bit concerned what the six extra holidays are going to be. As long as they are holidays. I do not care whether they are Hindus holidays or Christian holidays or jayanti holidays. As ling as care is taken that they do not coincide with Sundays.

And I do not on this happy occasion want to criticise the Government for its hasty action last year. I do not want to mention how at first they increased our holiday, then cut them, then restored them and now are increasing them again.

After all, we have to live and learn and now that our holidays are restored we should forget the ones we missed in the earlier half of the year.

And I think to celebrate this restoration of our holiday we should be given a holiday tomorrow.

 
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