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   And, for one more Saturday... (May 9, 1987)

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 only Seth Ramnath Goenka could have made the kind of bold statement ("to guard the people's right to know is our commitment") he made in his paper this morning. And I wonder what kind of a statement the Jains and Birlas of the Indian newspaper industry can ever make.

Like, at this moment, I would not mind working for the Indian Express, though take away its explosive front page and edit page (minus the letters and the middles), the rest of the paper is totally babu.

And the trouble with the Express is that it has guts, but no class. With The Time of India, it is vice versa. And the Hindustan Times has neither.

Like I notice Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is being as ham banded and flippant as usual – "I was in Rajasthan."

And the joke of the week must be Mr. Amitabh Bachchan asking Bofors to issue him a certificate stating that he is not involved.

Like somebody is keeping a count Mr. Shankarrao Chavan has returned form New Delhi for the fourth time without meeting the prime minister. Meanwhile, in the same period, Mr. Vasantrao Patil has met the prime minister twice (no doubt once by threatening to resign) and Mr. Sharad Pawar has met him three times.

And guess who is touring Maharashtra? That's right, correct on the first count – Mr. V. P. Singh.

Like sometimes I wonder if Mr. V. P. Singh is moulding himself into another Jayaprakash Narayan or Vinoba Bhave.

And my political forecast is: if UP falls, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi falls. Though the Congress will not fall, it will continue till the opposition organises itself. Which, of course, is almost never.

And the nice thing about the opposition is that this time it is being honest. Since the communists and the BJP are aware that they can never work together, they are not joining together for the simple objective of grabbing the government.

And the shifting of the camp from Udaipur may be considered as faux pas No. 1. There will be more to follow in the coming two months.

And who I am really worried about is poor Dilip Vengasarkar. He may be making his debut as vice captain in the losing side.

Like the organisers could drop a packet if the Indians do not finish among the semifinalists.

And this final point of view:

That the saddest case is that of Amitabha Bachchan. Because, if the charges are proved, it would mean the end of the political career for Rajive Gandhi and others, but for Bachchan it would possibly mean the end of both his political and film career.

 
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