And, for the ninth Saturday of Mr. V.P. Singh as prime minister, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work)
Like I thought the prime minister looked quite impressive in his sherwani and fur cap at the Republic Day parade yesterday. Not at all like Mohamedali Jinnah's brother, Mr. Bal Thackeray to note…
And Mr. Rajiv Gandhi looked quite informal in his cool white kurta-pajama. It must have been the bullet-proof vest that must have kept him warm in the misty, grey Delhi winter morning. And I wonder what sort of thoughts passed through his mind as he sat there alone and unacknowledged.
Like I almost felt sorry for the man, except for the fact that I knew he was waiting for the chance to get back into the seat and start behaving arrogant and insensitive all over again.
Like there is no doubt that democracy is a great leveller of men. It raises you one day and brings you down the next and raises somebody else and brings him down. And to think that the people are the instruments who make this democracy work.
Like after the impressive parade in Delhi, I always find it sad waching those pathetic little parades of railways protection force and home guards and policemen led by their pot-bellied officers in the state capitals, including Bombay, the great business and financial capital of India whose best parade ground is Shivaji Park.
Like the only sad part about Republic Day is that there is no morning paper the next day, not even Independent, which I now regard as the substitute paper to read when there are no regular papers.
And these stray thoughts:
Like when we seem to be least interested in India's progress in an international game, as in the Auckland Commonwealth Games at the moment, we are making the best progress. And I think it is about time we stopped concentrating on cricketers and tennis players and stared memorising the name of our weight-lifters and wrestlers.
Like if Dilip Vengsarkar has been badly treated by the cricket board, Vijay Amritraj has been treated worse by the tennis authorities. And I think it is a shame.
Like well begun is half done, and the team of the nineties in New Zealand has begun extremely well in batting, bowling and fielding. Also, in the managerial department, I suppose.
Like the best service the new government can do to sports is to keep away from it.
And this final point of view:
That we often talk of the contribution to the country of the tiny minority community of Parsis, but think of the contribution of the even tinier community of the Chinese to the country's cuisine. Today is the Chinese New Year - and a happy new year to all.