And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like it is ironical that when some factory employees or municipal workers or government clerks go on strike, there is so much concern and effort both from the public and the authorities to end the strike, but when teachers go on strike, nobody is bothered.
And it just goes to show that education is not on the priority list in this country and neither teachers nor students are considered important to the national welfare.
Like the accord in Delhi over the teachers strike seems to be like one of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's accords – hurried through, impractical and only on paper.
Like the new refrain I keep hearing from various and different people is that nothing is going to come out of the Bofors affair, that the scandal will die its own natural death and that the present government will continue unscathed. And I am inclined to agree with this.
Like what I find difficult to understand is the opposition's constant demand for a mid-term poll, when it is least ready for it. And what Mr. Gandhi should do is have a mid-term poll and call the opposition's bluff.
And another thing I do not understand is how playing cricket matches and collecting money is going to help the drought situation in the country. The drought is because of lack of rains, what is required is food, water, not gate money from cricket matches. And the government has the food and water and the means to transport it to drought areas.
And one cliché that I hate is – Fight the drought on a war-footing.
And these stray thoughts:
Like forget the rest of the country, not even the people living in Maharashtra are interested in whether Mr. Chavan is going to continue as chief minister or Mr. Pawar is going to be chief minister or Mr. Vasantrao Patil is going to come back as chief minister. It is a totally insignificant controversy, created by insignificant men.
Like next to Mr. Antualy, Mr. Chavan must be holding the record for the number of times he has visited New Delhi. And, in Mr. Antulay's case minister every time he went to Delhi.
Like I am all for a leftist and communist government, but only in West Bengal Kerala. And I have no objection to Mr. V. P. Singh be coming chief minister of UP, but no more than that.
And this final point of view:
That the mistake we make is in trying to find the next prime minister from among the present lot of leaders in the Congress and the opposition, when he could be somebody who is not at all in politics.