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   And for Saturday of the opening of Bombay's newest hotel... (November 15, 1986)

And for Saturday of the opening of Bombay's newest hotel, Leela Penta, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work) Like the two which seem to be increasing in Bombay every day are newspapers and hotels. And no more can Bombay be dismissed as a two-hotel town or a one paper city. Like the Leela Penta, from what I have seen of it, has everything that the Taj and Oberoi have, including a good portion of their staff. Like starting with Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Mr. Gundu Rao and eating with Mr. Arun Nehru and, Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi, with a few Air-India pilots thrown in Mr. Rajiv Gandhi has been sacking more people than appointing them. And I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Gandhi is more a politician and less a technocrat and management man, which is the opposite of what everybody had first thought. Like horse-trading is when Mr. Tripathi is promised a deputy chief minister's post in U.P. for his son. Though if sons can become prime ministers there is no reason why they cannot be deputy chief minister of U.P. And, like the Prime Minister, he may make a very good deputy chief minister. Like ethics and morality apart, I would say that Mr. Sharad Pawar would make a better chief minister than at least two, and possibly theree, of his immediate predecessors. And the only thing I really admire about Mr. Shankarrao Chavan is him firmness with the Shiv Sena. Like one thing certain, if the film people had not climbed down, Mr. Chavan would not have yielded not the strike would have been indefinitely prolonged. And one thing that must be remembered is that in any dispute with a head of government, it is the people on strike who would lose. Because the people on strike would be losing their daily in come, their living, the head of the government or its representative will not be losing anything from his pocket, it would be the government which would be losing it revenue. And that eventually is also people's money. Like somebody should find out if Kapil Dev's knee has fully recovered and he is fit enough to go to Sharjah. Otherwise, if he is not going to bowl, as against the Australians earlier, he should stay at home and tend to his knee for more serious cricket ahead. And this final point of view: That I notice a lot of people have suddenly started gunning for poor Mani Shankar Aiyar. And I do not see the reason for it. after all, all that he has been doint is making elaborate and pointless notes of the Prime Minister's interviews in rural India.

 
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