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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray... (March 24, 1990)

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 not only have the budgets grown each year, but also the crowd that comes to hear Mr. Palkhivala on the budget each year. And from what I can make out, Mr. Palkhivala has givern a good chit to Mr. Dandavate.

And it does look like the last government did leave the coffers empty, in spite of Mr. V.P. Singh being its finance minister for a part of the time. And getting rationed petrol is a small price to pay to restore the economy.

Like if there is ever a complete evolution of a man it is that of Mr. George Fernandes. From being the main demonstrator against rise in railway fores, including the ultimate and rather vulgar demonstration of lying down on the railway tracks, to being the minister who consciously and officially raises railway fares.

Like not only do I want to know how Mr. V.P. Singh's going to Namibia has helped the country, but also how Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's going to Namibia has helped. And how Mr. Nelson Mandela‘s coming to India is going to help.

Like if a hundred Devi Lals resign, this government is not going to fall. If one V.P. Singh resign, it will.

And I am not one bit considered if this government falls. What worries me is that if it falls, it is not the BJP that will come to power but the Congress-I. And we will be back with Buta Singhs and Natwar Singhs and speeches by Mani Shankar Aiyar and saris by Sonia Gandhi and Mera Bharat Mahan.

Like in his second term as sheriff, Mr. Nana Chudasama does not seem to be half as visibly active as in his first term. Though that may be because whatever he had planned to do, he has already done. After all, how many times can you whitewash buildings.

Like the best thing about being a Maharashtrian is that you can have the best of both the governments. A Janata Dal government at the centre and a Congress-I government in the state, or V.P. Singh in New Delhi and Sahrad Pawar in Bombay.

And I still do believe, or would like to believe, that if Mr. Balasaheb Thackeray had not falled ill, he would have performed the Chamatkar.

Like the way Mr. Manohar Joshi is behaving, you would think he was elected chief minister and not leader of the opposition.

And this final point of view:

That it is 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and time for some people to received Padma Shris and for others to go to work. Workers of the world - unite.

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