And for the first Saturday without a deputy prime minister, a few stray thougts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like I cannot help feeling a little sympathetic to Mr. Devi Lal. He even raised his had, when the vote was taken to support Mr. V.P. Singh. The action was typical of the man, blunt to the point of crudeness, but without personal grudes.
And Mr. Chandra Shekhar's action was typical of him, when the vote was taken, he sat with his hands down. Not supporting, but not opposing either. And then this technical quikable about the vote being not unanimous, but unopposed.
Like, personally, I think, the game because too sophisticated for Mr. Devi Lal to cope with. After all, as he himself says, he is a simple farmer, and against hiw were ranged such foes and friends as V.P. Singh, a master at the cat and mouse game, the machiavellian Arun Nehre, the opportunist Aji Singh, and Pritish Nandy, who would do anything for a good story, and rightly so.
Like, Mr. Devi Lal may being one million farmers to demonstrate in Delhi (thought I doubt if he can muster so many without being deputy prime minister, agriculture minister of Haryana chief minister), but I doubt if it would help, Matters of individual personalities and ambitions are decided within and party forum and not by the public outside.
Like Mr. V.P. Singh should not make the mistake of promoting somebody else (Mr. Biju Patnaik's name is being mentioned) as deputy prime minister. It is like having a managing editor along with an editor, and these things do not help anybody, except the management.
Like, I think, America should not rush to the assistance of either Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. Let the Arabs flight it out among themselves and defeat Saddam Hussain. That way they will learn to appreaciate democracy more.
Like nobody know his own mind as well as Sunil Gavaskar knows his. If he has refused the MCC honorary membership, he has his reasons for it. And he has refused it in a proper and dignfied manner and did not even mention it to anybody for all these months, till the latest provocation came along.
And if anybody does not know his own mind, it is Bishan Singh Bedi, probably because there is so much weight on his mind.
And this final point of view:
That somebody has offered me a cassette of the Salman Rushdie film. I have refused. If I have not read the book, I am not going to see the film.