And, for a Saturday of another Asian Games, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work)
Like, if everything goes well, India should finish fourth in the medals tally, behind China, Japan and South Korea.
Like Pakistan has only a one-event target - hockey, so it may be discarded, it is a strange country, where a woman may be a prime minister, however briefly, but women cannot participate in international sports.
Like the more you consider it, the more you realise that Pakistan has become a part of the Middle-East countries and less of the South Asia block.
Like so far all that we have seen of the Asian Games is Jasdev Singh in a pink turban asking questions that do not require answers. He is the best Hindi commentator of hockey in the world, but that is all.
Like I notice there is already argument between the ministerof sports and the Indian Qlympic officials. And over the question of Iraq's participation a matter which should be of no consequence to us.
And these stray thoughts:
Like college students should not indulge in such stunts as self immolation. And I do not understand why the police have not yet charged them with attempted suicide. After all, by their own arguments, there cannot be one law for pro-reservationists and another for anti-reservationists.
Like what is difficult to understand is that in a country where half educated are unemployed, how can you reserve jobs for the uneducated. Also, the argument of the anti-reservatioists to provide equal education opportunities for all does not make sense, because education does not gurantee employment.
Like also what does not make sense is the featuring this morning on the front page pf the Times the picture of a little Indian boy with an empty plate in a refugee camp somewhere in the desert of Jordan. Because all over Indian there are millions of little boys with empty plates everybody.
Like President Bush's desert shield is fine: it may protect Saudi Arabia but it cannot get the Iraqis out of Kuwait.
And this fianl point of view:
That I do not know why our sports minister should always be present at venues of Oympic and Asian Games. Other countries do not send their sports ministers there.