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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (February 8, 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, in a way the story of Rajneesh is the typical story of an Indian who goes abroad to make his career and fortune. Then, defeated, returns home to eke out a living in a Bombay suburb.

Like it is amazing how swiftly the American government acted, sweep, it demolished god, god’s children and god’s kingdom in Oregon. After that, there has been no peace for the godman. Though, for all that, it is a little far-fetched to claim that President Reagan is spending a half-million dollars to get the godman left Uruguay, its government got a multi-million dollar loan from the US.

Like I have always believed that eventually God cuts everybody to his size, including godmen.

Like I notice Mr. Gandhi is going to another of his trips, which will take him to London, Mexico, and, possibly, on his way back, a halt in Moscow.

And it is true that the only world body in which India still has some small voice is the Commonwealth. Because among the nonaligned countries, India’s voice is nil, at the United Nations, it is less than nil.

Like you have to admire Mrs. Thatcher. She has stuck to her position in spite of all the opposition from the Queen and her people. A little like Mr. Morarji Desai.

Like all these Raj books and films make the British look nog grand but middle-class.

Like the new municipal commissioner, Mr. Tinaikar, has begun with a disadvantage. People are expecting too much from him, including the removal of the Shiv Sena influence on the municipal administration.

Like whether Gavaskar retires now or later, he has done enough for Indian cricket to be remembered for ever. And the country should be grateful to him.

And it is not as if cricket has paid him money. He has worked to make money out of cricket.

And I do not understand why people should object to cricketers making a little money and not say a word about the Amritraj brothers making money out of tennis.

And this final point of view:

That it is my view that the person who has benefited most from the Raj nostalgia is our Saeed Jaffrey. From Gandhi to Forester, there is not a movie in which his services have not been required.

 
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