And for the 11th 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 believe this is the beginning of the end of the Congress, but it is of Mr. Gandhi. And, as was always expected, it is his own partymen who are going to close his career.
Like chalk up one more credit to Vishwanath Pratap Singh - convincing the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to postpone its plans to construct the temple at Ayodhya. And it is to the credit of the Hindus of India that they, after having made a point, have withdrawn their project.
Like I have always felt that religiously there are no more tolerant people than the Hindus.
Like we in India have still not fully realised what a great messiah of peace Gorbachov is. And, at this stage, how absurd it seems the way Rajiv Gandhi and his predecessor prime minister used to run about from Moscow to Washington trying to establish peace between the two super-powers.
Like if Rajiv Gandhi was the most traveled prime minister, V.P. Singh is going to be the least. And, I think, more fuss is being made about Mr. Gandhi moving into a non-prime ministerial house than Mr. Singh moving into the prime ministerial house.
Like not only am I upset that my friend, M.J. Akbar, has given up journalism for politics, but I am more upset that he has given up journalism for (Rajiv) Gandhian politics. And he is not the Congress spokeman or the opposition spokeman, but Mr. Gandhiâ€™s spokesman.
Like among the more amusing lines in Indian newspapers is - Mrs. Sonia Gandhiâ€™s art collection.
Like, I understand, the Contessa, real or fake, continues to be the status car in India.
Like the abbreviation of the Maharshtra Indira Congress is MIC. And I do not see why every day we have to be fed stories about revolt in the Maharastra Congress party. How does it matter to us whether Mr. Tirpude is here or there or nowhere.
Like I am informed by a veteran political commentator and analyst that the Congress will form the next government in Maharshtra, but in an alliance with another party.
And this final point of view:
Like next Saturdayâ€™s column will begin - and for the last two Saturdays of Mr. Sharad Pawar as chief minister.