And, for the sixth 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 do not think the Parsi should panic, they will not die out. Because thought they may be decreasing in India, they are increasing in Canada. And it is typical of the community to pick a quiet, non-controversial country such as Canada.
Like it was interesting at the inaugural ceremony of the Zoroastrian Congress. A delegate from Iran made a 20 minute speech in Persian, no translations. He was evidently under the impression that all Parsis spoke Persian.
And it is to the credit of the Parsis that they adopted Gujarati, for them and at that time a totally foreign language, as their mothertongue.
Like I do not know why Mr. L.K. Advani said his BJP (Shiv Sena's junior partner) want to change our system of direct elections by the people into representational elections. Especially now that our people have more than proved that they know how to vote and who to vote for. Also, who not to vote for.
Like, I feel, if the Congress loses most of the states in the elections, then Mr. Rajiv Gandhi will be finally and forever out of the party leadership. And if the Congress loses all states except Maharastra, which is a likely scenario, then Mr. Pawar will be right at the top.
Like was electoral reform I am in favour of is that no air force planes should be used once the campaign starts, not even for the prime minister's offcial tours.
Like on his recent visit to Cochin, Mr. Gandhi had originally planned to travel by train. But security said no. Then he travelled by Indian Airlines, with three security men and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, and the plane was six hours late. Two months ago, had that happened, the chairman and managing director of Indian Airline would have been sacked, apart from the pilot, co-pilot and cabin crew.
And these stray thoughts:
Like Mohamed Azharuddin, when asked his reactiuons on his appointment as captain of India, said: "I am surprised." So are all of us - very surpised.
Like one sentence in Raj Singh's observations is the key to the selection. He said: "We hope for the first time the Indiancaptain will be talking of cricket and not contracts."
Like Azharuddin's selection also may mean that Ravi Shastri is out of the team, though I sincerely hope not. One Shastri is equal to two Ajay Sharmas and three W.V Ramans together.
And this point of view:
That the real captain of India in New Zealand is going to be Bishan Singh Bedi. And I would say that is an excellent choice.