And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoguhts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like people often compare Mr. Devi Lal with Mr. Charan Singh of the Janata government. I think, a more appropriate comparison would be Mr. Raj Narain of the Janata government.
Like there is the story of Mr. Raj Narain creating a lot of problems for the party and the government when the then prime minister, Mr. Morarji Desai, was abroad. Then, the day the prime minister returned, at the airport, Raj Narain welcomed him back by applying attar on his hand. Mr. Desai told him: "While I was wasy, you have been spreading stink, now you are applying attar."
Like neither the Janata Dal nor the Shiv Sena could hatao Sharad Pawar, no a handful of Congressmen think they can hatao him.
And not only is Mr. Pawar going to stay, but one day he would end up as prime minister in a Congress government. And, one more point, if I may add: he will not make a great prime minister.
And apropos the BJP preparing for a mid-term poll, if they think they are going to win without the assistance of the Janata Dal and its partners, they are mistaken. Because, wherever they have tried to go it, alone, they have lost in, Bihar they contested 23 seats and lost 22. In Maharastra, they joined the Shiv Sena and let down poor Mr. Bal Thackeray, who was under the impression that he had already become the chief minister.
Like the trouble with the BJP is that it has got two very good leaders, the best, but only two. How many of us can name a third BJP man besides Mr. L.K. Advani and mr. A.B. Vajpayee?
Like I have it on the highest authority that Mrs. Maneka Gandhi had not resigned. And, if she had resigned, it would have been the only resignation on an issue conderning the welfare of the nation.
Like what is being proved at Lord's right now is that one-day internationals and five-day Tests are different ball games. In the one-dayers you have to stop the batsmen from scoring, in the five-dayers you have to take wickets.
Like one ambition remains unfulfilled. When I chose journalism for a career, it was to become a cricket correspondent. Now I know I will never be one.
And this final point of view:
That now that Mr. V.P. Singh is back, everything should be all right.