And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like today is a day of national morning. India, the second most populous country in Asia, finished the Asian Games without a single gold medal. Kabaddi does not count. Small countries have fared better than us: little Qatar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, where the government is known to be anti-sport, except hockey and cricket, with four gold medals.
Like there is no excuse for the failure of Indian sportsmen. You cannot blame the government for not encouraging them; they allow foreign coaches, they send our people and teams abroad for competing in international meets, they run coaching camps and sports clinics, in Delhi at least they have got sports facilities of international standards.
And you cannot blame private enterprise for not encouraging them; they employ sportsmen at good salaries, even if they ae not qualified for the jobs, they give them leave to practise and participate.
And you cannot go on blaming the ugly sports officials. They may be self-seekers and self-promoters, but there are some among them who are genuine people and between them they could produce half-a-dozen good athles and teams.
And if cannot be diet; there are sportsmen in Africa who have been nutured on worse diet and have turned out to among the greatest middle and long-distance runner in the world, not to mention their now famous football teams.
Like I have come to the sad conclusion that we are not a sporting nation, we are just not good enough in any sport, from swimming to wrestling.
And these stray thoguhts:
Like our municipal corporators will not allow any commissioner to last. Now they are after Mr. K. Padmanabhaiah.
Like, my reading is, the BJP will beat a dignified retreat before its rath yatra reaches anywhere near Ayodhya.
Like I think it is morally wrong for these 29 Janata Dal MPs to retain their seats and attack their prime minister. If they do not approve of him, the first thing they should do is resign, then ask the prime minister to resign.
And what I would like to know is whether Mr. Devi Lal is in the parliament or out of it. Or, in other words, whether his resignation has been accepted or not.
Like there is not doubt that the present government is drifting, but any government that replaces it will also drift.
And this final point of view:
That six months back nobody would have thought it possible, but the politician whom the entire country is impressed with at the moment is Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav. And may there be more leaders like him.