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   And, for a rainy Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few... (June 16, 1990)

And, for a rainy Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work.)

Like the rains have met their deadline – June 15. The municipality's road department has not met its deadline – June 15.

Like if never rains but pours. And it is on Saturday such as these that one wishes for a five-day week and envies all those who have it.

Like, formely, people used to ask politicians to resign. Now politicians ask politicians to resign…and, often, politicians of the same party. Recent examples: Mufti Mohammed sayeed, Ramkrishna Hegde. Om Prakash Chautala.

Like the Devi Lal family is somewhat like the Nehru-Gandhi family. You remove one, you get another.

Like my heart goes out to Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, travelling by Indian Airlines, travelling by Indian Railways, sleeping in circuit house, and most of all for having to meet and be friendly to Congress underlings.

Like slowly it seems to be dqwning on the Congress that the present government is not going to topple, not of its own accord and not through any push given by the Congress. And slowly it is dawning on the people, that whatever the government, the country's problems will not be solved.

Like there is so journalist in the country whose professional work and abilities I admire more than M.J. Akbar's. He has had all the qualities of a good journalist, and, presently, all the disqualifications of a bad journalist.

Like people do not seem to have realised Mrs. Maneka Gandhi's contribution as a minister. She has made a poor nation environment conscious.

And these stray thoughts:

Like there is a lesson in the World Cup, a nation's prestige depends more on its sporting performances than anything else. Consider the US, at the World Cup it appears as a small and insignificant nation, and tiny Cameroon, that most people cannot indentify on the map, appears as a giant.

Like Monday's two matches in Group A will determine the future of the Cup. And judging from the performances of the teams so far, I think Uruguay has been the most impressive. Though West Germany inspires the maximum confidence.

And this final point of view:

That the the saddest part for India is that not only is there no Indian team in the World Cup, but not even a single referee or linesman.

 
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