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   And for a Saturday morning of cricket... (January 18, 1986)

And for a Saturday morning of cricket, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like I do not know about the rest of the day, but the morning began badly with Srikkanth being run out even before the match had begun.

Like Mr. Gandhi is right when he says the only good programmes on Doordarshan are foreign programmes. And every time I see a colour programme, I I bless Mr. Vasant Sathe for it. No other minister would have dared raise his voice-this in Mrs. Indira Gandhi's time-that he wanted to introduce colour TV in the country.

Like it is interesting to note that Mrs. Indira Gandhi began her career in the cabinet as minister for information and broadcasting. At that time, people thouht they were doing her a favour by giving her a minor position.

And it is also interesting to note that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi has served no apprenticeship in the cabinet, as all the other previous prime ministers had (Nehru did not because the cabinet started with him, as did all things). In Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's case, yesterday he was out of the cabinet, today he is presiding over it.

Like the fact that he has done reasonably well proves that age, experience, qualifications have got little to do with doing a good job.

Like if Mr. Gandhi does not want to be see on TV, don't put him on TV. However, it is not as simple as that. The problem with Doordarshan is, it they do not show Mr. Gandhi on TV, then what do they show!

Like there was a time when it appeared that the Prime Minister, with a single grand flourish, had solved the Punjab problem. Now things look a little different. The Pubjab problem is not only not solved, but the Haryana problem is added to it.

Like there are touches of the wisdom of King Solomon in Mr. Gandhi's decision of sending in non-Hindi-speaking enumerators from the South.

Like it seems to me that the only people who attend film festivals every year are Mrs. Malti Tambe-Vaidya, Mrs. Uma Da Cunha and Mr. Mohamed. And Mr. Iqbal Masood is the only person who writes intellectual articles on them.

On this final point of view:

That I do not know about the rest of the day, with Gavaskar being out, the first hour of Saturday does look a little more grey.

 
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