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, finally, priorities are being met in the Punjab issue. The first thing to do is to combat terrorism, it necessary-and it seems inevitable now-with the army, then discuss the fate of Chandigarh.
And the Akali government, which has been giving deadlines to the center- meaning the rest of the country-on the transfer of Chandigarh, should now be given its own deadline. Arrest all the known terrorists within two weeks and restore and make way for President's rule, with Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw as the governor.
Like among all the chief ministers that Maharashtra has had of late, some five or six of them, I think Mr. S.B. Chavan is the best. Among other things, he is the only chief minister who has openly declared his hostility to the Shiv Sena.
Like I understand that Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani is now No. 2, in the hierarchy of Indian businessmen, next only to the Tatas. And all this without having any sort of an industrial base. It speaks for the ingenuity and guts of the man.
And an economically developed country needs both types, the Tatas and Birlas and also the Ambanis.
Like sometimes I am amazed at the speed at which Bombay has entered the Maruti age. And how social attitudes have changed about the Maruti, from being the people's janata car it has become the rich man's toy and the nouveau rich's status symbol.
And it is interesting to note how many people have told me: "My son drives the Maruti, I sometimes borrow it from him."
And these stray thoughts:
Like the real success of the Indiar cricket team is beating England in England, if it had done it in India, it would not have meant much. And the English correspondents could always have blamed the umpires, the crowds, the inferior playing conditions.
And giving Kapil Dev credit for the success is fine, but, I think, 35 per cent of the credit should go to Raj Singh Dungarpur.
And I do not know if you have noticed this, but I find that while Indian cricket is on the ascendancy, Bombay cricket is going down.
And it is a strange equation, but Sandeep Patil has been harmed by his short career with the Hindi films, and Amitabh Bachchan has been harmed by his still brief career in politics.
And this final point of view:
That finally the organised and efficient German machine will triumph over the inspired and emotional Argentinians.