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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (October 31, 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 the more I read about it the more I am convinced that we have quite unnecessarily got ourselves embroiled in Sri Lankan affairs. And what we are suffering from is the same ailment that the US once suffered from-big power mania.

Like India is a big fish in its own little pond, no tow opinions about that.

Like Mr. Shankarrao Chavan's detractors should have come to know by now that he is going to continue as chief minister at least till the elections. And no amount of governors resigning and Congress-S men changing sides will change things.

And, so far, I have not seen anything wrong with Mr. Chavan as chief minister: he is firm with the Shiv Sena, he ignores the attempts of those members in his party who off and on try to oust him, he does not visit Delhi as often as his predecessors, he is not influenced by the sugar lobby, there are no scandals attached to his name as there were with three to four previous chief ministers, he does not interfere with the private life of citizens, best of all - he functions more as an administrator than as a great and popular leader of the people.

Like in the old days we used to constantly talk about the need for a strong opposition in a democracy. Even Jawaharlal Nehru, who was the prime minister and as such would have been directly affected by an effective opposition, used to talk about it. Now nobody talks about a strong opposition, because everybody, including the opposition, know that it is not possible.

And, in any other country, with a scandal like Bofors thrown in its lap, the opposition would have got the government to resign. Here, all that the opposition did was to keep walking out of parliament and refused to sit on the inquiry committee.

Like it will be several years before another opportunity such as Bofors will come the opposition's way.

Like I am inclined to agree the Indian Express management should not have sought the support of the BJP-RSS. By doing so it has on its own politicised the demands of its workers (and journalists) for proper bonus, service conditions etc.

And Mr. Arun Shourie is an excellent editor, but he is not a good trade union leader. And what is wrong with the Express is bad man management.

Like, take my word for it, not more than 20,000 people will turn up at any Test centre in India to watch the West Indies play India in the forthcoming tour.

And this final point of view:

That I still think it would not be a bad idea to put a little money on England winning the Reliance Cup.

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