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   And, for one more Saturday... (November 23, 1991)

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

Like just because Mr. Narasimha Rao has invited all old Congressmen to rejoin the party is no reason that they would do so. For them to rejoin, Mr. Rao will have to give them a post as a minister or chairman of some important public sector unit or some other reward.

Like the next time you are in Delhi, you should try and have a look at some of the houses that have been given to the MPs to live in. then you will understand why so many people are taken on becoming MPs, and why they do not leave the houses when they are no longer MPs.

Like poor Mr. Sharad Pawar, the last time I read about him he still did not have his minister's bungalow and was living in a suite at the Maharashtra Sadan. Though that may be because he wants to move directly into the prime minister's house.

Like when film stars become old and begin losing their market value in the cinema, they become politicians. Except for Amitabh Bachchan, who became a politician when he was much younger and at the peak of his film career, and has returned to films after getting old.

Like the only Indian film star I know who has grown old gracefully and bridged the gapbetween hero and hero's father-in-law is Ashok Kumar. Shammi Kapoor would come second.

Like if Mr. Liviu Radu, the Ramanian diplomat, is released tomorrow, then it will be the first definite climbdown for the terrorists. And it would strengthen the government's position, that there cab be no bargining. Over hostages, neither foreigners nor domestic

Like the prime minister has shown the iron first in the velvet glove.

Like whatever be the merits or otherwise of the case of the striking doctors, it is the ditty of the government to settle the strike instantly and restore the public medical services. Or, better still, the government should not have allowed a situation to arise that a strike was forced on it.

Like I would not be surprised if Azharuddin returns home in the middle of the tour and Ravi Shastri takes over as captain. And the real surprise would be if India's batting fails and bowling clicks.

And this final point of view:

That the Americans have taken their position of being the sole superpower in the world with humility and responsibility. And I wonder how the Russians would have handled if if America had cracked and the Soviets were left as the sole superpowers.

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