And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like with the resignation of Mr. Ramkrishna Hegde the nation enters the era of value-based politics, unless Mr. Hegde allows himself to pursuaded to be reelected.
Like Mr. Hegdeâ€™s biggest problem is his current advisers, gentlemen such as Mr. George
Fernandes and Mr. Chandra Shekhar who do not understand the tremendous gains to the party following Mr. Hegdeâ€™s gesture.
Like Mr. Hegde must be a very emotional man, the way he has been crying these last few days. And the only other national leader I can think of who used to burst into tears is the late Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran. He was known as the weepy Mossadeq.
Like I notice that all those people who publicly praised Mr. Rajiv Gandhi for his dramatic and overnight resolving of the Punjab crisis are now pointing out to him that in politics haste is waste and very dangerous. And, I admit, I am one of these.
Like eventually Mr. Bhujbal will be remembered as the man who changed the name of Bombay to Mumbai. Which is a good way of achieving immortality.
And one odd off-shoot in the change of the name is that henceforth those people who have been going about saying that the Shiv Sena has ruined the cosmopolitan character of Bombay will be able to say that the Shiv Sena has ruined the cosmopolitan character of Mumbai.
And I am all for the Shiv Sena beautifying Flora Fountain and it is not for some Congressman to say whether it invited tenders and whether it gave the job of restructuring the traffic island to the proper person or not. Because the Congress had enough years to beautify Fountain and it did not thing.
Like I notice that the Indian cricket team has returned home unsung and unhonoured. Which is as it should be, you cannot expect the same treatment for victors and losers, and the Indians lost games they should have won.
And the way Kapil Dev and Venkatraghavan have been talking in the few interviews they have given, it would appear they are under the impression that though they lost the one day series, they won the Tests against Australia.
And I notice that out in Madras Sandeep Patil is continuing to make his point.
And this final point of view:
That there should be a national debate on who is more Mr. Clean, Mr. Gandhi or Mr. Hegde.