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   And, for a Saturday, as the world advances... (August 18, 1990)

And, for a Saturday, as the world advances towards the edge of the petrol pump war, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like the only comic aspect of the present situation is our Inder Kumar Gujral shuttling between Moscow and Washington and Baghdad. I fail to understand how a small time minister of an inconsequential nation that India unfortunately is in the present context can mediate between the big powers and the warring nations:

Like, I think, all that Mr. Gujral is doing is wasting the public money on air-fare.

Like I still think the Arabs should have been left to flight out their own war: Iraq and Jordan vs. Saudi Arabia and Egypt. And, meanwhile, the US and the Soviet Union should have got together to invent a substitute for oil.

Like two groups of people I feel sorry for are the people of Iraq, who after ten years of one disastrous war have been landed straight into another war that they cannot possbly win, and the American soldiers, who find themselves once again in a foreign and hostile country flighting other people's war. And, I hope, a last the wisdom of Israel destroying Iraq's nuclear plant will be realised and, perhaps, appreciated.

Like I agree that the Janata Dal's reservationist policy is populist and therefore wrong. And Mr. V.P. Singh is slowly selling his immorial soul.

Like I do not think anything much is going to come out of this investigation into Mr. Sharad Pawar's affairs. It they cannot find out about Bofors, they cannot be expected to find out about 285 deserved plots in Vasai and Virar.

Like this is the time of the year when wet-spells normally last for a week and the current spell may be the one. So get set for a wet weekend.

Like credit may be given to the municipal employees for going on a strike at a time when the city would be most affected and its' citizens' health most endangered.

And this final point of view:

That this Indian team may not be the team of the nineties, but Sachin Tendulkar is certaily the player of the nineties.

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