And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like so much has changed between last Saturday and this: the Indian Express, which was championing V.P. Singh, has started gunning for him; Ram Jethmalani, who used to swear by the Express, is now gunning for it; V.P. Singh, from being a popular prime minister, has become the second most unpopular prime minister in history; The Congress, from being the hunted in the Bofors affair, has become the hunter.
Like Mr. Arun Nehru was always a suspect, anybody who was so closely associated with the last government would be. But now he an accused. And I agree with Mr. Jethmalani, till the charges against him are investigated, he should step down, or the prime minister should ask him to step down. After all, if Mr. Hegde could step down, why not he.
Like I see Mr. Dinesh Goswami has been persuaded to withdraw his resignation. And I think this is a big mistake: when a minister hands in his resignation, which he rarely does, it should be grabbed.
Like peace seems to be returning to the Middle East, Saddam Hussein has found in George Bush a man who can call his bluff.
And I do not know if I can admire the laid-back style of President Bush, playing golf and jogging in his skinmy legs, while sending out American men, and women, to fight out a war.
And if the Saudis do not understand the Americans, not do I. What kind of Americanmen they must be to sit at home while their women go to the battlefront!
Like Mr. V.P. Singh reminds me most of Mr. Morarji Desai. He is an stubborn as Morarji and as holy as Morarji.
Like it is illogical to expert too much from any Indian government. Because the members of all the governments come from same political stock.
Like we must try and understand that the just completed tour of England has not been such a bad one, result-wise. We may have lost the Test series one love, but we won the limited overs series two love.
And I liked Tony Lewis's comment today: Mike Atherton and Sachin Tendulkar will be seeing a lot of each other in the years ahead.
And, I think, it is a good suggestion: Azharuddin should be consulted as to whom like, among the senior players, to be a cricket manager.
And this final point of view:
That the difference between the reservationists and the antireservationists demonstrate, they wear those canvas track shoes.