And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like last night's election speech on Doordarshan by the Congress representative should considerably improve the fortunes of the party. The Rajiv Gandhi who read out his speech in Hindi and English was the old-old Rajiv Gandhi, before he became pompous, cokcy and umbearable.
And at this stage it does look like we are heading for another about of Congress rule. And the only good thing about it is that it will last for five years.
Like, the way he is going about it, it would seem that Mr. Chandra Shekhar has convinced himself that he is continuing for ever as the prime minister. And that applies to all his ministers also.
Like I am convinced that there are only three major politicians left in the country who still have some credibility attached to them. They are, in order of merit: Mr. Jyoti Basu, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr. Sharad Pawar. There are, of course, others such as Mr. Rajmohan Gandhi, but they are not major politicians.
Like the debate on holding elections in Punjab should end now. First, thre has to be safety and security in the state and conditions have to be created for people to exercise freely their vote to choose their government. Right now, if the terrorists do not approve of a candidat, they just shoot him.
Like it may not be a bad idea if Air India recruits foreign pilots, not just for the present strike but permanently. And gradually they can recruits foreigners in other departments of the airline.
And I am inclined to agree with the politce commissioner's order. If the Sikhs cannot carry swords into parliament, Hindu godmen and semi-godmen cannot carry trishuls in street processions and at public meetings.
And I also agree with whoever it was who said that if Hindus cannot call India a Hindu country, then which other country is there in the world that they can call a Hindu country.
But I do not agree with those who say about the Ranji Trophy final that it does not matter whether Haryana won or Bombay won, eventually it was cricket that won. Because the simple truth is that is was Haryana that won, fair and square.
And I have nothing against Amitabh Bachchan getting the Filmfare lifetime achievement award, but I believe that if anybody genuinely deserves it, it is Dev Aanad.
And this final point of view:
That I do not know how far the statement about people getting the prime minister they deserve is true. But it would be perfectly correct to say that UP and Bihar deserve the chief ministers they get.