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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (December 20, 1986)

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

Like whatever the merits of the case, the Gorkha National Front has to be congratulated for staging the most effective anti-government agitation in recent times. and they did it in the most subtle and civlised manner possible, by not attending the prime minister's public meeting.

And, what a contrast! Between Aurangabad and the largest ever meeting addressed by a prime minister in Maharashtra and Darjeeling and the smallest ever public meeting addressed by anybody. And all this within the space of a fortnight.

Like the great consolation is that though only 200 people may have turned up to listen to Mr. Gandhi in Darjeelin, an audience of several million will be listening to the same speech on Doordarshan.

Like the sensible thing to have done was to have sent Mr. Sharad Pawar to organise the public meeting in Darjeeling.

And I wonder what cap Mr. Gandhi was wearing when addressing the meeting.

Like when I think of a bank, I think of the Central Bank of India, which completes 75 years tomorrow. And I remember it as a child, accompanying adults the day before a wedding to remove jewellery from the bank's vaults and the day after the wedding to replace it in the vaults.

And my earliest impression of the bank was that even the liftmen were Parsis.

Like recent events have made one thing clear: It is not medical facilities and expertise that Bombay is lacking in, it is medical diligence that is wanting.

And it is interesting to note that while the five-star hotels try to avoid Arab clients, the five-star hospals compete for their patronage.

Like we should have known it was too good to last. The winter hardly came when it has gone.

And to experience the X'mas season, I would suggest that you visit the Oberoi lobby with its flickering candles, green pines, silver bells, choirs singing. It is the most Christmasy looking place in town.

And over to Kanpur, where the Indians are making heavy weather of saving the game against lowly Sri Lankans.

Like the end of the world can be tomorrow…or the day after.

And this final point of view:

That two things or persons that the Congress-I will never be able to convert are West Bengal and Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde.

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