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   And for the last Saturday of the first term of Mr. V.P. Singh ... (March 11, 1990)

And for the last Saturday of the first term of Mr. V.P. Singh as prime minister, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like I have come to the conclusion that noe of the special political correspondents in New Delhi know what is happening and all they have been doing these last few days has been indulging in kite-flying. So we have this wide range of reports: V.P. Singh staying, going, Rajiv Gandhi coming, not coming, Chandra Shekhar not wanting not to become prime minister. Devi Lal plotting, Mulayam Singh avoiding.

Like, instead of reading newspapers, it is better to watch Doordarshan. Because Doordarshan, at least gives no news.

Like what I dislike most is the hypocrisy of the politicians. Here they are fighting tooth and nail, trying to pull down one another, and the nation, and the next morning, in the newspapers, you see their photographs, sitting in a row, Devi Lal. V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, drinking chicken soup from tea-cups smiling at one another.

Like I still feel that the best solution for the Janata Dal and the country is that it should persist with Mr. V.P. Singhas its leader, lose one the floor of the parliament, and then sit together as one united party in the opposition.

Like we may now forget all talk of autonomy for Doordarshan. And there is no difference between P. Upendra and K.K. Tewary.

And I enjoyed that bit about Mr. Devi Lal, if true. Telling Mr. Rajiv Gandhi that in the national government he should be foreign minister since his face is know abroad.

Like the very idea of a national government is absurd. We are a parliamentary system of government, run on the principles of checks and counter-checks and public accountability. If all the parties are in the government, which party is going to check them!

And I would like Mr. Ram Jethmalani's legal opinion on whether the BJP leaders can be charged and prosecuted for inciting people to communal violence.

Like if the parliament is dissolved, the next big job will be getting all the ministers and MPs out of the government houses that they have been occupying. Mr. V.P. Singh will vacate his prime minister's house the very next day, Mr. Devi Lal will hang on to his deputy prime minister's house, as he has already been doing. And it is not going to be easy to get Mr. Rajiv Gandhi to leave his leader-of-the-opposition house.

And this final point of view:

That every cloud has its silver linning. If there are re-elctions, M.J. Akbar may lose and return to journalism where he really belongs.

 
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