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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (July 9, 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 we are living in historic times: The end of communism, the disolution of th eSoviet Union, the elimination of power blocs, the emergence of a European federation, of a global economy, the pointlessness of non-alignemtn and neutrality, the emergence of a new era where not only America but all the nations of th eworld have a right to live free.

Like the amazing part is that all this has been brought about not by revolution and death and booldshed and violence and bombs and lootin, but simply through the will of the people.

And it has happened overnight and almost without our knowledge. The best example of which would be the Berlin Wall: one day it was there, and in the night it was gone, and free men were pouring across it on both sides.

Like if credit has to be given to an individual foe being the catalyst of the new order, ti should go to Mr. Gorbachov. More than any other person in history, more than Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, who freed their own respecive countries, he has freed the world, or a large and important portion of it.

And there have been other changes, in South Africa, in the Arab Middle East, where sooner than later Israel will be accpeted as a bona fide nation of the region, in China, where so far it may have been only a hiccup, but a large one.

Like considering all this, now petty and absurd seems to be the continuing revalry between the politicians of Pakistand and India. They should smile and made up, open the borders, have a common economy.

And these stray thoguhts:

Like in the days of Star TV, I do not see the point in Doordarshan wasting money in bringing the US Open live. It is only duplicating programmes alreadly available.

And apropos all this rumpus in parliament over Sunday's political quiz to Doordarshan, I am all for droppoing the programme. But drop it because it is a bad programme. But drop it because it is a bad programme, not because of some question asked and the answer given to it. And I do nto think there is anything particularly derogatoryabout calling a person a whoboy. It may not be the happiest of descriptions to use, especially for an elderly, respected and much-honoured stateman, now dead, but not derogatory.

And talking of Doordarhsan quiz programmes, the one that appear regularly on the national network in the nights is hilarious, with a large number of contestants from all parts of India sitting on two sides of the screen and the questions-master, microphone wires trailing, running from raised hand to raised hand, and all of them giving the indentila incorrect answer.

Like I do not know if you have noticed that not a single Air India flight is cancelled because Mr. Narasimha Rao has taken a plane for his goodwill visit to Germany.

And this final point of view:

That a time when 15 and 16-year-olds had taken over tennis, Jimmy Connors and Martina Naratilova have struck a blow for the oldies. Thanks.

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