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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (November 10, 1986)

And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).

Like it is being reported that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is to look after his own security. Which, I find, difficult to understand. How can he look after his own security? Is he going to dispense with the black cats and wear grey safari suits and carry a machine-gun on him?

Like, as far as I can see it, there are only two alternatives to the prime minister's security. Either the prime minister should move about freely or he should sit in his fortified office or home and administer the affairs of the country. You cannot have a prime minister who moves about the country while millions of citizens are pushed around by policemen, prevented from passing through their normal routes, kept behind barriers, their briefcases searched, their identity questioned.

Like it is interesting to note how our people are falling over a handful of gold medals that athletes have brought back from Seoul. It just goes to show how easily they are satisfied.

And I think it is about time somebody clarified that India did not participate in the Seoul Games, Kerala did. And not all of Kerala, only the women of Kerala.

And what has happened to Indian hockey is what has happened to the Sikhs. Once upon a time they made the finest hockey players and India the finest team, and, when they played in an international against Pakistan, it was the two halves of Punjab that were, playing each other. Now where is Indian hockey and where are the Sikhs.

Like one unusual thing that I have noticed is that more confident Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is getting in himself, the less confident people are getting in him.

Like the most distinguished hotel in India must be the Taj Hermitage in Goa. I have never stayed there, but look at the people who have Presidents, prime ministers and now King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Like the film industry has got a good spokesman in Sunil Dutt. And he is certainly the most sincere and visible of all the film star MPs.

And I like the way Amitabh Bachchan joined politics, it was because Mr. Rajiv Gandhi wanted his help. But ever since he became an MP, Mr. Gandhi has not asked his help. In any case, what help could he give.

And this final point of view:

Now that P.T. Usha has been presented with a Standard Rover 2001, our other champion, Michael Fereira, is going to ask for one also.

 
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