And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like a large number of countries and financial institutions have rushed to our aid and given us money. Now what is required is to use this money wisely.
And the advantage of having professional as ministers of key ministers may be seen on the person of Mr. Manmohan Singh.
Like we keep talking about the Indian communists waking up and discarding communism, in keeping with the happenings in their parent country, but we do not talk of the government of Indian and all the other parties throwing out socialism, which also has seen its day. And now when we look back and think of all that talk of a socialist pattern of society), we realise that it meant nothing.
And what I am really concerned about is that one day, and in our own lifetime, we may find that Jawaharlal Nehru had feet of clay. That would be said, but public opinions are changing at a tremendous pace and yesterday's heroes are biting dust Forget Marx and Lenin; consider John F. Kennedy, where he was but a few years ago and where he as been brought down to.
Like the BJP, instead of keeping quiet about its great misadventure and pushing it under the carpet, is all set to celebrate the first anniversary of the rath yatra. And that it was a misadventure may be seen from the fact that Mr. L.K. Advani, the rath god, almost lost the elections to a Hind film star. And the star was not even Amitabh Bachchan.
Like the funny thing about the Janata Dal is that it hardly exists any more, but still there are distensions in it. And while we know that Mr. Ajit Singh is still in the party and is threatening to get out of it, nobody knows - or cares - whether men like Arun Nehru and Arif Mohamed Khan are in the party or out.
And more anybody remember the name of Mr. Chandra Shekhar's party!
Like it is interesting to note that a Ganapati procession of 500,000 people dislocates less traffic than a trade union procession of 5,000 people. And that is because the idea in a trade union procession is to disrupt the traffic and generally inconvenience the public.