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   And, for the first Saturday of another year... (April 1, 1986)

And, for the first Saturday of another year, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like 1986 should be the year of the youth, led by a young government in Assam and a youngish prime minister in New Delhi. And it would be completed with Ravi Shastri being appointed captain for the of England.

Like Janardan Thakur makes sense when he asks-how long can the Congress go on losing and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi go on winning?

And it was not Mr. Gandhi who did all the plain talking at the Centenary celebrations, it was his speech-writer.

And may one ask exactly when Bombay is going to get the Rs. 100 crore, so generously announced, to solve its housing problem? And how would that amount solve the housing problem? And I do not think we should feel all that grateful, after all, it is Bombay's money that is being given back to Bombay.

And I would like to know as to who is responsible for the centre's suddenly taking interest in the projects for Bombay…Mr. Murli Deora or Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal has turned out to be one of the best mayors that Bombay has had.

Like if anybody the government is going to spend money to construct the West Island Free-way, he is having a pipedream. Mr. Murli Deora should get three of his industrialist friends to finance the freeway. Then they should be refurbished by way of tolls.

Like what has happened is that Mr. Gandhi has solved the Punjab problem but he has not solved the Haryana problem, or the Punjab-Haryana problem.

Like the way some people carried on and on about it, it would appear that the Mahalaxmi racecourse was specially built for joggers.

Like I personally think the government will now ease up in its investigations into the affairs of big business houses.

Like every Saturday I envy all those who have a long weekend. And every Friday I envy those who have a three-day weekend.

And life is strange; some people are paid to work, others are paid to see that some people work. And some people work. And some people, of course, sit at home and collect all the money made for them by the people who are paid to work and the people who are paid to see that the people who are paid work. But this may be because of all the work they have done in their previous lives.

And this final point of view:

That to the question-what happens next?-the answer is 1987 happens next.

 
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