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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (July 4, 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 I would not put it past the government or its intelligence agencies tapping telephones, but what I do not understand is why should the government bother to tap Mr. Chandra Shekhar's telephone and bug all the rooms in his house. What is there that he says in private that he does not say is public and that the government would be intersted in knowing!

Like Mr. Devi Lal's telephone does not have to be tapped. His telephone conversations are public knowledge.

Like a greater mystery is why does the Time Of India, instead of giving credit to the Illustrated Wekkly, which is its own publication, for the phone-tapping story, keeps referring to it as a Bombay-based weekly.

Like, I think, Mr. V.P. Singh must be the shrewdest politician in the world today. He pretends to be hesitant and unsure and wishywashy, but all the time he knows exactly what he is doing. And, if the government fall, which is not likely, he is going to come back as prime minister with a bigger majority than now.

Like the coming monsoon is going to be the worst ever for Bombay. Most of the roads in the city havbe been dug up and none of them would be repaired and put back before the rains arrive.

Like when they dug up the square at Churchgate, they should have dug a little further and laid the foundations for an underground railway.

Like there can be no doubt that the cause of the tragedy in Ulhasnagar has been the romanticising of violence in the Hindi cinema. It is exactly the sort of thing a hero would do to a heroine in a filmi melodrama. And the police have been found to be both cowardly and inefficient, also exactly as in a Hindi film.

Like what a government requires most for efficient administration is a strong and able home minister, and in both the previous Congress government and the present National Front government, this has not been the case.

Like any respectable civil aviation minister would have resigned by now.

And, as we get ready for another season of cricket, I think it si right to continue with Bishan Singh Bedi as manager and non-playing captain. And only he can shape the future of Indian cricket.

And I except India to win at Sharjah and lose in England… badly.

And this final point of view:

That it is toss-up between Mr. Devi Lal and Mr. Chandra Shekhar as to who breaks the government.

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