And, for the very first Saturday of Mr. Chandra Shekhar as prime minister, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few genral observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like, in this particular instance, Mr. Chandra Shekhar may not be the people's choice, but he is a man of the people. And yesterday, for the first time to more than 15 years, the people saw Mr. Shekhar smile. And that is a good sign.
And if the country requires a healing touch, I cannot think of a more appropriate man to provide it that Mr. Shekhar.
Like there is some justice on the world: after all the plotting and scheming and back-stabbing, all that Mr. Devi Lal has gained is to retrieve his deputy prime minister's job.
And it is interesting to note the ecmergence of Mr. Sharad Pawar as a national leader. In all future government formations, his will he the key role.
Like as far as I could make out, on TV last night, Mr. V.P. Singh made his Hindi speechextempote and read out the English speech. And his yesterday's apperance on TV must be his final one. Which is sad, because he seemed to have just started liking the TV media.
Like I can visualise this government, with some minor changes, lasting out the next four years. For the simple reason that there is nobody to rock it. The sting has been taken out of the Congress by making it publicly commit itself to supporting the government. And the BJP, having pushed itself into the opposition, can no longer blackmail the government by threatening to withdraw its support. The other parties do not count.
Like the way Mr. Bal Thackeray is going about extending and withdrawing support to the Chnadra Shekhar government, you would think that it mattered.
Like very cloud has its silver lining. Mr. V.P. Singh's fall has brought Kuldip Nayar back to active jounalism. And I am looking forward to what he has to say about all this mess.
Like I am also looking forward to the World Cup Boxing, starting this evening. A pity it is only amateur boxing, with head-guards and vests and soft gloves and two-minute rounds. Still Ė you can't have everything.
And one more thing I am looking forward to is the coming cricket season, packed with three separate touring teams. And I do not understand those who are against foreign teams touring the country, because, according to them, the domestic programme suffers. Why should it suffer! After all, there are only 11 Indians engaged against the tourists, the rest are available for domestic cricket.
And this final point of view:
That Mr. Chandra Shekhar's greatest qualification is that he is neither a raja nor a member of the distinguished Nehru family. And, perhaps, he may turn out to be as good for the country as the late Lal Bahadur Shashtri.