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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (February 24, 1990)

And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work)

Like what is happening in Manipur, over the issue of who should lead the government, you may expect to happen in several states next week, once the results are declared.

And no less than the Times Of India has suggested this morning that Mr. Sharad Pawar may take the assistance of the BJP to form the government and be the chief minister. And that is politics.

And Mr. Gandhi must be on the proverbial horns of a beast called dilemma. If the Congress win in Maharastra and nowhere else, then Mr. Pawar becomes the main contender for Mr. Gandhi’s hitherto undisputed position in the Congress hierarchy. (And Mr.Pawar is not like those other Congressmen who will sit back and say: “No, no, let him continue.”) And if the Congress loses in all the states, including Maharastra, then Mr. Gandhi is finished.

Like what Mr. Gandhi must be badly needing at the moment is advice, though not from his regular advisors.

Like I am not a warmongering hawk, but I think if Pakistan is engging for a war, we should give it to it. And have no doubts about this, India may lose to Pakistan in hockey and cricket, but not in a war.

Like I am sure I am interested in knowing who is Lotus, who is Mt. Blanc, who is Svenska. But I wish they would get on with it and find out soon.

Like Amitabh Bachchan seems to be more concerned about the investigations than Rajiv Gandhi or Win Chadha. Though, even then, why be should meet Mr. I.V. Mahhubani, I do not know.

Like you have to admire Mrs. Thatcher. She is not worried about personal popularity or would opinion of her or even her own People’s support of her. If she thinks the sanctions against South Africa have to be lifted, they are lifted.

And these stray thoughts:

Like the crowd at the Lahore stadium yesterday must be the largest crowd ever for a hockey match. And the game was worth the crowd, though the home team lost.

Like if India loses the Test rubber to little New Zealand the captain’s head will not be the only one on the chopping block, it will be joined by the manager’s head.

And they would have to get an automatic guillotine to chop off the heads of the entire Indian hockey team which finished third-last in Lahore. And I wonder that the excuse is going to be this time.

And this final point of view:

That more than election results, what a lot of people are looking forward to is the reappearance of Prannoy Roy and Vinod Dua on television.

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