And, for one more Saturday, a few observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like, in the old days, when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru came to Bombay, the entire city knew about it, crowds, ten and 20-deep, would line the streets from the airport to wherever he was going, there was a lot of excitement, and the following day the newspapers would be filled with repoters and pictures of his visit. Now, when Prime Minister Narasimha Rao visits the city, even Mr. Murli Deora is not excited over it.
Like, in the old days, they used to say that S.K. Patil's ministry should be shifted to Bombay. Now they say that Mr. Sharad Pawar's ministry should be shifted to Pune.
Like, in spite of all his postures of giving Pakistan a sock in he nose and making it remember its nani, Mr. Pawar has failed to build himself up as a national leader. To do so, he would have to learn Hindi.
Like, as chief minister, I would place Mr. Sudhakarrao Naik above Kannamwar and below Mr. Ramrao Adik, if he were to ever become chief mini9ster. And Kannamwar, of course, would be last on my list.
Like Vasantrao Naik would be at the top of my list, followed by Mr. Sharad Pawar. And you may think it a joke, but Mr. Babasaheb Bhosale would be quite high on my list.
Like the dances of the Shiv Sena flag flying on top of Mantralaya seem to be more remote than ever, but it would be a good thing if it does come into power. It would sober down the party. As is the case with the BJP government in UP.
Like you can forgive the Shiv Sena a lot of things, including the beating up of journalists, but you cannot forgive the beating of women journalists.
Like a little less patriotism and cheering and right now we would be watching and cheering India give Pakistan a thrashing in the cricket maidan.
Like I do not see the justification of Mr. Madhu Deolekar of the Bombay BJP going to the KEM Hospital and comforting the girl beaten up by the party that his party is allied to.
Like the only was I see of solving the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, without further bloodshed and unnecessary communal animosity, is for the Muslim leadership come forth and present the place to the Hindus for building their temples. But if Muslim leadership had so much wisdom, there would have been no Pakistan.
Like I do hope they do not go to the extreme of digging up K. Srikkanth for the Australian tour. What is done is done and we cannot go back.
And this final point of view:
That if a party is known by the allies it keeps, then the BJP is now know.