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 it is an interesting situation, at the moment we ant Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi do not know whether Mr. Arjun Singh is the Congress vice-President or not. And though it does not make the lightest difference to us whether he is or not, it makes a whole word of difference to Mr. Tripathi.
Like the other interesting part is that in order that he should be removed as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Arjun Singhwas made governor of Punjab. Then, in order that he be removed as governor of Punjab, he was made a union minister. Next, in order to remove him as minister, he was made vice President of Congress, he has been once again made minister.
And who says the government does not work!
Like one thing that nobody seems to have noticed is that Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has not been included in the new ministry. And it was said that the pressing business that kept him in New Delhi during the film industry's demostration in Bombay was the possibility of the prime minister summoning him to be sworn-in as minister.
Like if I was one of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's men I would resent it very much, not being informed in advance whether I am to be appointed a minister or removed as a minister. It can be very embarrassing for the minister concerned, as it has been for quite a few. Even a peon in an office is give some intimation of what is going to happen to him.
Like the least Mr. Madhavrao Scindia could do is offer to resign, since the railway accident in Ujjain was clearly not unavoidable. Which may indicate that he has by now got more, Congress blood in him than royal.
Like I understand that the name of Mr. Murli Deora as the congress President has been suggested to Mr. Gandhi by that silent power behind the Bombay Congress, Mr. Moti Daryanani.
Like the new cabinet is supposed to be heavyweight, which is quite possible, because deadwood is heavier than new wood.
And it is worth nothing how the Prime Minister brings about national integration: he goes to Karwar and talks about Darjeeling. And what he had said in Calcutta on Darjeeling, he contradicats in Karwar. Also, he goes to Australia and talks about Iceland.
And this final point of view:
That in the present cabinet, Mr. Gandhi apart, I think only three ministers are worthy of their position Ė Mr. Arjun Singh, Mr. V. P. Singh and Mr. Vasant Sathe. Mr. Rani Nivas Mirdha is a borderline case.