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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (March 8, 1991)

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

Like there are not victors and losers in the government's withdrawal of the budgetary provision of Rs. 100 crore (a substantial amount in any currency) for the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust. The government realised, iwht some persuasion, that it was unconstitutional to make such a provision and has withdrawn it. Now the opposition should not expect the government to go down on its knees and tell it: You have won.

Like I do not know why, but this Rs. 100. Crore keeps reminding me of that other Rs. 100 crore the Rajiv Gandhi had offered to the citizens of Bombay at a public meeting. Fortunately, that money never, came, or one could have asked under what authority that money was sanctioned.

Like these things happen when politicians they own the country, even if they be such lightweight politicians such as Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Like I would expect the general lot of ex-minister and ex-MPs hanging on to their government allotted houses, but not ex-ministers such as Mr. Madhu Dandavate and Mr. Vasant Sathe.

Like I would like to know who, besides Mr. Ajit Singh, is interested in knowing whether Ajit Singh remains in the Janata Dal or leaves it.

Like I would think that the Doraiswamy would be justified in thining that when others were kidnapped by terrorists, the government moved heaven and earth to get them released. Now, when he has been kidnapped, it is dragging its feet.

And the ideal strategy for the government to have adopted was to drag its feet the first time there was a kidnapping. Then we would not be reduced to our present state of continuously bargaining with the kidnappers.

Like I may be wrong, but I think there is a difference between the Tamil militants and those in the north, whether Punjab or Kashmir. When the Tamils killed Rajiv Gandhi, they staked their own lives, tying the explosives to their waists and walking into certain death. However dastardly the act may be, it shows a certain commitment to their objectives, in Punjab, on the other hand, the militants are waging a war at no risk to themselves, stopping passenger buses, dragging out unarmed and innocent men, women and children, and shooting them.

Like whether we like it or not, we have to thank the big breweries and their marketing agencies for keeping racing going. For this afternoon's Magic Million XXX August Handicap, Shaw Wallace has put up the biggest stakes for a handicap tace to be run in the country. My choice is Angel Light.

And this final point of view:

That Mr. Manmohan Singh, the finance minister, may not be well up on parliamentary practices and procedures, but he is well up on everything else, and that is what counts.

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