And for five Saturday before Mr. Gandhi becomes the prime minister again, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like the voters have a real rag-tag band of candidates to choose their new legislation from: film stars, ex-dacoits, former prostitues, retired civil servants, retired soldiers, cricketers, plus the usual briefless lawyers, alleged social workers, failed journalists, pampered terrorists, never-say-die politicians, their wives, sons daughters, sisters-in-law.
Like if the Congress puts up Rajesh Khanna to oppose Mr. L.K. Advani, I do not see why the BJP should feel affronted and treat it as an insult to Mr. Advani. Rajesh Khanna has been the greatest and most outstanding actor of his generation. What have Mr. Advani's accomplishments been…beyond riding a rath!
And I do believe Amitabh Bachchan is being unfair to his colleagues in the film industry by not telling them how unfit they are for the rough and unscrupulous world of politics.
Like I cannot see beyond Mr. Murli Deora in South Bombay. That constituency is going to be his for the next four elections. Though I will also say this: he will never go beyond being an MP and president of the BRCC. The Congress will never make him anything more, and, if he changes from the Congress, he will lose South Bombay.
Like I do not understand the Congress. First, it did not want the elections and arranged for Mr. Chandra Shekhar to be prime minister. Then it wanted elections and pulled down Mr. Shekhar. Now it does not want elections in Punjab and is going to stay out of them.
And the only way the Congress will come out of its present rot is when it ceases being Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's party.
And these stray thoughts:
Like when even Haryana and Hyderabad start piling runs, it does not mean that our batting has improved all over the country but that our bowling has become weaker everywhere and there is no way in which our bowlers can dismiss a batsman.
And instead of searching for fast bowlers, which we have been trying to find and failing throughout our cricket history, we should try hiscover fresh spinners, who are our traditional wealth and have served ys magnificently in the past.
And the greatest tragedy of our present cricket is that Ravi Shastri has regained his form as a batsman but not as a bowler.
Like with no cricket there is nothing to watch on Doordarshan and I realise that I have not switched on the TV for months.
And this final point of view:
That a people deserve the parliament they get. And if we deserve a hung parliament, then it is a hung parliament that we will get.