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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (February 22, 1986)

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 poor Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, he seems to be badgered and battered all round and by Mr. Girilal Jain more than anybody else. And what I would like to know is. Is the Times a government paper or is it not.

Like I admired the style with which Mr. Ramnath Goenka put Mr. Yashpal Sharma in his place in the Rajiv’s India conference. And it is as it should be, because Mr. Sharma should understand he is only the publisher of the no-sale National Herald.

And the interesting part of Rajiv’s India is that nobody actually wanted to see it and the government of India was actually forcing it down on Doordarshan thinking it would be good publicity for it. And now the government does not want to show it and the people want to see it.

Like I have been thinking about it and I have come to the conclusion that no Indian ever goes to Australia, except to play cricket or because he is invited or because he is Dr. Russi Dastur (the eye specialist, not the author).

Like Indians go to Singapore and Hong Kong for shopping they go to Europe to tell others they have been to Europe, they go to the US to get a green card. There are also some Indians who go to the Arab emirates and Saudi Arabia to work, but that is another matter and with the oil boom over it is about to end.

Like I can understand customs officials being extra vigilant with passengers coming in from Singapore and Hong Kong, but not with those coming from the Gulf. Because these are poor Indians, who have gone to the Gulf to work under Arab employers, in second class conditions, to earn a living that their own country is incapable of granting them in the process earning foreign exchange for the country. So when they return after several years of toiling in the sun, bringing a few gifts for their families and friends, the customs treat them like smugglers.

Like I am inclined to agree with Bishen Singh Bedi, some of the senior members of the Indian team should retire. Not because they are past their prime, which none of them are, but because only after their retirement will Kapil Dev be able to run a disciplined team.

Like all this does not mean Gavaskar is not still the most valuable Indian batsman and, possibly, cricketer.

And this final point of view:

That the new political equation seems to be Mr. Arun Singh is the closest to the Prime Minister, Mr. Arun Nehru is the most ambitious, and Mr. Arun Singh is considerably shaky.

 
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