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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (August 31, 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 a strike that seems to concern and affect everybody the least is that of the junior college teachers. And it indicates how little faith we have in our eductions or in the need for it when we get more worried about a municipal sweepers' strike than of teachers.

Like no union leader is prepared to take up the cause of the teachers, because there is no money in it. And the government, which should go out of its way to solve the problems of the teachers, is not bothered.

Like it is absurd to say that you have to be born an Indan to become a President or a prime minister. The only thing you have to be born to become is a Parsi… and that also is changing.

Like all those who complain about their country and keep comparing their lot with those in the West should be grateful that they have been born in India and not in Pakistan and that they live in Bombay and not in Delhi.

Like personally I see nothing wrong with Mr. Narasimha Rao's statement at the time of the communist coup in the Soviet Union. All he mentioned was the risk of rushing into reforms too fast… and he may yet be proved correct. Otherwise, it was a totally non-commital statement and quite diplomatic. And, at least he was there to make it, not out fishing.

Like after seeing India's Rajiv I am inclined to include Simi Garewal among our top two or three film-makers. And I think whe has wasted her talents and time on this documentary which any Films Division cameraman could have put together.

Like I do not know if you have noticed it, but the power at the centre has slowly shifted from UP to Maharastra, with two former chief minister holding two of the most important port-folios in the cabinet and the prime minister also likely to contest his seat from Maharastra.

Like in two months of Mr. Narasimha Rao's government, the country has moved more towards the 21st century than in the seven years of the governments of three other prime minister.

Like those who are championing Mr. Madhavrao Scindia for the prime minister's job should first check how he is running the Indian cricket board.

And this final point of view:

That the communist party in Indian will not dramatically fall as it has done in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, it will gently fade away and be forgotten.

 
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