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   And, for the Saturday after the 11th... (June 14, 1986)

And, for the Saturday after the 11th in the series of bank robberies, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like compare the two policemen who stood dumb and stunned and watched the robbers cleaning up the Ghatkopar bank with the brave and courageous peons and clerks of the Pune bank who fought the robber and foiled their attempt.

Also consider the policemen who stand by and watch as honest, decent and tax-paying shopkeepers and restaurateurs are day after day forced and intimidated to shut down their business establish ments by unemployed goondas.

Like consider the chief minister giving the police officers a lecture on stepping up their detection work, when what he should tell them is to recruit people with more guts.

Like not only do politicians never retire, but even the few who do, they return to politics. The case in point being Mr. S. M. Joshi.

And it looks like once again Chandigrah is not being handed over to Punjab on the date announced. Which makes it one feather less in Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's cap.

Like the first mistake that he made was thinking that gentlemen such as Mr. Buta Singh and Mr. Bansi Lal can solve the Punjab crisis. Tomorrow, if they fall out of favour, they will not be able to solve their own crises.

Like I can make a list of politicians who should voluntarily retire. And I would not include Mr. George Fernandes in this list, because, for all intents and purposes, he has already retired.

Like the weather bureau does not seem to be able to make up its mind whether the monsoon has arrived or Not. And one pointer that it has not arrived is that the railway services have not been disrupted as yet.

Like I cannot remember how I used to spend my nights before they started showing the World Cup on television.

And after seeing the World Cup on TV, thousands and millions of local viewers have realised for the first time in their lives that the game Indian teams are playing is not football. Not even that played by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and Mohamedan Sporting.

Like Kapil Dev and his men are so full of themselves that I would not be surprised if they drop the next two Tests.

And this final point of view:

That my forecast for the World Cup is Denmark. And my forecast for the Test series is a draw, England winning the second Test and the third a draw.

 
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