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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (September 26, 1987)

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

Like I notice that Mr. Gandhi has started on his Doordarshan rounds again, but this time without Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar popping up like a jack-in-the-box in every frame. Which could mean either Mr. Aiyar is not accompanying the prime minister or that he has been specifically instructed to keep out of camera range.

And, I think, it would be much more sensible if the MPs and the MLAs toured their respective constituencies and kept an eye on the drought conditions there rather than the prime minister undertaking a tour of the entire country, or wherever the TV cameras could go along with him.

Like I can never picture Mr. Ajit Panja telling Mr. Gandhi: "Sorry, I cannot spare so much time of the news broadcast on your tours." He would be sacked on the spot and his VIP security guards with drawn the same evening.

Like I do believe that people who are so scared of their own lives have no business to go about describing themselves as representatives of the people.

Like different people have different ambitions. Mr. Sharad Pawar has spent half a lifetime trying to be the chief minister of Maharashtra once again. And, in the process, lost whatever chances he had.

Like one thing that is not clear to me is whether the university teachers have won or lost. And I am also not convinced about the ethics of teachers, doctors and nurses going on strike. If they are not satisfied with the money they make in their profession, they should leave it.

And these stray thoughts:

Like I am convinced that cricketers are like politicians. Both are aware that they have only short careers, so they try to make as much money in that period as they can.

Like considering the amount of money Reliance has put into the game it has a right to expect all the cricketers to wear its logo. Other wise, why should anybody sponsor the tournament.

Like the Indian cricketers, instead of haggling for small money here and there, should try and win the Reliance Cup and all the individual prizes and make money that way. At least, that is what any person with pride and confidence in himself would do.

Like my forecast is still that Pakistan will win the Cup and India will finish No. 3.

And this final point of view:

That it would be interesting for Mr. Ram Jethmalani to find out how Mr. Ajitabh Bachchan has got money to stay permanently in a hotel in France.

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