And, for a Saturday at the end of a grey week, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like if the prime minister is such a security risk, it would be best for all concerned if he stayed at home or within New Delhi rather than continuously travelling all over the country and putting security people to so much trouble and upsetting the lives of normal people.
Like security is necessary and nobody denies that, but are the prime minister's travels so necessary! And whatever the prime minister does on his tours of various states, the chief ministers of the states could as well do and probably are doing (unless it is Andhra Pradesh). Also, if it is necessary for the center to assess certain things in states, a minister who things in states, a minister who does not require so much security could be sent or a government official who probably does not require any security.
Like the more I think about the incident at Raj Ghat, the more difficult I find to conceive it. First, it was said that the man had been hiding in the bush for several hours before the arrival of the VVIPs and the start of the meeting. Then it was said that he had stayed there overnight. Next, he had been camping there for a couple of days, then a week, and, this morning's papers say, tow weeks.
And the number of things the man in the bush was carrying with him are also increasing from toothpaste and mosquito repellent to energy tablets and snacks and other titbits.
Like the new Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point is so classy that it makes the otherwise impressive Oberoi Towers look distinctly three-and-a-half stars.
Like I am enjoying the way P.T. Usha is being quoted by our Indian correspondents at Seoul. For instance: "I just can't get the hang of the starting orders and anyway I hate running in the morning." Or "That doesn't worry me, so long as it is sunny." Because anybody who knows our shy and modest girls from Kerala will tell you that the quotes are totally out of character.
And, apart from the quotes, it is a national shame that the country should depend for all its gold medals and final medal position on one little girl from Kerala.
And frankly I do not know what Mr. V. C. Shukla is doing in Seoul and why should a person who has been discredited and discarded in politics be rehabilitated in sports. And there are people who do remember the times when the same Mr. Shukla used to lead film delegations abroad during the Emergency.
And this final point of view:
That last time Mr. Gandhi came to Bombay, he announced a gift of Rs. 100 crore to the city. This time, perhaps, he would give it.