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   And, for one more Saturday... (November 16, 1991)

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

Like the campaign leading to today's by-elections has been completed without a single act of violence or any other untoward incident. Which could mean one of two things: eithre, as a nation, we are becoming mature, or we are becoming indifferent to elections and results, largely because of the frequently of them.

And, I suspect, it is a little of both.

Like it is interesting to note that contesting in today's by-elections are both the present prime minister and the next prime minister.

And as for Mr. Madhavrao Scindia, I strongly feel there should be a rule which says that active politicians cannot be members of the cricket board and especially not the president of the board. They may be after retirement, as Mr. Wankhede was.

And, I think, Mr. Scindia spoke too much and too long at the prize-distribution ceremony that marked the end of the series against South Africa. Besides, he has totally inaudible.

Like now that we have established full and friendly contacts with South Africa, the next logical step woul be to do so with Israel, a country against which we do not have any obvious differences. And it is absurd not to be friends with Israel just to please the Arabs, especially as we know which side the Arabs would favor in a conflict between India and Pakistan.

Like, I say, give Mr. Narasimha Rao three more months and India will be ready to play Israel in a Davis Cup tie in Tel Aviv.

Like I do not know what is happening with politics but suddenly all the mice are truing into lions. First, it was Mr. Narasimha Rao, who has shown more guts, daring and original thinking than all the Gandhis and V.P. Singhs put together. And now it is Mr. Sudhakarrao Naik, who has chargeseeted Bal Thackeray when what we thought were toughter chief ministers such as Shankerrao Chavan had not dared to do.

Like if the journalists really believe that the pen is mightier than the sword than why are they going out on the roads and physically demonstrating instead of allowing their pens and typewriters to speak for them through their newspapers.

Like a word about Alyue Padamsee's Tara. See it. You could be surprised.

And this final point of view:

That is recent years we have had two maharajas who have been associated with cricket - the Gaekwad of Baroda and the Scindia of Gwalior. You be the judge and decide who was the better maharajas for the job. Answers should be accompanies by name and full address.

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