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   And for the tenth Saturday of Mr. V.P. Singh as prime minister... (March 2, 1990)

And for the tenth 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 if the Congress made it possible for the Janata Dal to win at the centre, it is now making it possible for the Shiv Sena to win in Maharastra.

Like two very unpleasant traditions that are being established in the Indian democracy are the transfer of the civil servants and the wholesale removal of governors every time a government changes. And the Janata Dal will finally be blamed for introducing this practice.

Like when you look at the new lot of governors, you wonder why the old lot have been reomoved. There is not much to choose between them.

Like Mr. Pawar may have got all his own men nomited as Congress candidates, but the point is - How many of them are going to win!

Like if there was an award for the civil servant of the year, I would nominate Mr. S.S. Tinaikar for it.

And the Bombay Municipal Corporation has benn lucky in its municipal commissioners. Look down this illustrious line: P.R. Nayak, two Sukthankars, J. B. D’Souza, who took even less nonsense from politicians than Tinaikar, B.G. Deshmukh.

Like Dr. Rafiq Zakaria should forget politics and concentrate on writing books.

Like I think it is easier to solve the problem in Punjab than the problem in Kashmir. And this is so because of the direct help that the Kashmiri terrorists are getting from Pakistan.

Like there was a time when the civil aviation ministry was given to some lightweight minister as a reward for his political services. But now, with the way the two airlines are being run, it requires a strong and efficient minister who can devote his full-time to the job. And Mr. Arif Mohamed Khan is not that man.

And those stray thoughts:

Like in the next few days we will realise the mistake we made in not taking Vengsarkar to New Zealand. And his dropping will come to be known in the Nineties as a bigger joke than the one played on Mohinder Amarnath in the Elighties.

Like I can understand foreign athletes being on steroids, but where do our Indians get hold of them! And that too - poor weightlifters.

Like what will our sportsmen and teams require is more expert coaching, better food, living conditions, equipment and tracks to work on, and not more competition at international meets.

Like a week before the Asian Games in Delhi, I was starying at the same hotel as our swimming, basketball and gymnast teams, and the only things extra that they were given for diet, besides what I ate, was one banana and a cup of milk for breakfast.

And this final point of view:

That I have a vague feeling that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi is going to be a greater liability to the Congress party as a leader of the opposition that he was as prime minister.

 
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