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 the death of Osho Rajneesh, godman, superman, whatever you will, proves that we are mortals. And, unlike some highly spiritual man, he could not even forecast the hour, day, year of its death.
And all the same, it is a sad event. Because any good man's death is. And Rajneesh was a good man, he harmed nobody and he helped by him.
And a more personal sadness is the death of Joe Crasto. Star athlete, colleague, friend, fellow journalist, we had been together from college to Free Press to Times. We both drank heavily, one died, one survived.
Like if further evidence is required that sons should not follow their fathers (and one mother) into politics, there is the example of Dr. Farooq Abdullah. He is not only a loser, but also a quitter. When things became impossible, he resigned, on some filmsy excuse that he was consulted on the choice of the governor.
Like the people who seem to have suffered the most following the change of government are not the ministers and MPs who are out, but the government official who indulge in politics deserve what they are getting.
Like, if I may say so, the smartest of all has been Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, who resigned befor the elections. Though being PRO to the prime minister and PRO to the leader of the opposition are two diferent things.
Like Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's latest claim, that the government had managed to get Bofors to agree to pay back the commission money but wanted the new government to collect it, sounds a little thin. For one thing, if the old government had collected it, there may not have been a new government.
And these stray thoughts:
Like if the Indian team does do well in New Zealand, it will be because of Bishan Singh Bedi, make no mistake. And if it does not do well, it will also be because of him.
And I think the best manager that Indian cricket had had so far has been the Late Fatehsinhrao Garkwad of Baroda. And the Gaekwad has not only been the best cricket manager that we have had but also in many other respects the best member of the old Indian royality to have served in public life. The only other royal I can think of in this class is the Rajmata of Gwalior.
And I like the title - The Team of The Nineties. Now, let us see how many of them last out the decade.
And this final point of view:
They say that prophets are recognised long after their deaths. So Rajneesh may be recognised one day as the founder of a new religion, but we will not be there to check it. None of us.