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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (October 17, 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 Mr. Gandhi is following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors - worrying about the whole would while there are fires in his own house. And I have ofter wondered what is this craving the Nehrus have for international prestige.

Like I am looking towards when India will have a prime minister who will be concerned only with India's business.

Like it seems to me Mr. Gandhi has unwittingly created a Vietnam for India in Sri Lanka.

Like who is the government's favourite and who is not may be made out by considering the journalists who are invited to accompany the prime minister on his trips abroad.

Like I do appreciate all that the Indian Express is doing to keep the public informed and the government exposed, but I do not agree that a government can start a strike in any paper. Strikes start only because the workers are not satisfied.

Like there is a shortage of aircraft for the public also because one entire plane is engaged to transport the prime minister and his party around and another plane is kept as a standby in case anything happens to the first plane.

Like our most philanthropic businessmen are the Hindujas, witness the sum of two million dollars given to Harvard for research and education projects on India. Tatas are our most philantropic industrialists.

And these stray thoughts.

Like I cannot think of a better way of spending the weekend than sitting in an air conditioned room with several bottles of chilled beer, watching cricket on TV. And, under those conditions, it would not even matter whether India wins or loses.

And the organisation to have gained most by the Reliance Cup is Doordarshan which has acquired several new cameras. It was also the organisation to gain most during the Asian Games, by going colour.

And the Reliance cup provides an excellent opportunity to study and compare the proficiency of Indian and Pakistani television. So far, they are about even, but then I have not watched much TV yet.

And, as far as cricket is concerned, I can see a final between Pakistan and Australia, with Pakistan winning rather comfortably.

And, as Kapil Dev would say, you win some, you lose some. And that is only fair.

And this final point of view:

That among the topics that the press seems to have forgotten are Bofors, V. P. Singh, Shankarrao Chavan's staying or going, Amitabh Bachchan.

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