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 I do not know whether Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal becoming our minister is an occasion to celebrate or despair. And I have a somewhat poor opinion of a chief minister who takes credit for Mr. Bhujbal's defection, or even generously shares the credit with Mr. Sharad Pawar.
And I feel sorry for Mr. Bal Thackeray. This is the first lesson in real politics that he has learnt. Soon there will be more lessons.
Like, I think, the government's approach is correct. The BJP's Ekta Yatra will not be stopped, it will be ignored.
Like under the Congress we moved from the bullock-cart to the Maruti age, under the BJP we will move back from the Maruti to the rath age.
Like all those who are criticising the government for having come under the American influence, do not know what they are talking about. With the Soviet Union disbanded and one singled superpower left in the world, which other country can the government possibly come under the influence of.
And I do not think we should be so scared of a handful of Chinese leaders as to double-cross the Tibetans. Because, when the present Chinese leadership falls and China becomes a democracy, as it will sooner than later, we will have neither the Chinese nor the Tibetans as friends.
And which is what was happened with the Russians also. After years of cultivating the Soviet Union, oftern at considerable expense to our relations with the United States, half the Russian republics are not talking of forming an Islamic alliance.
Like I think it is wrong to say that our cricketers are faring so poorly in Australia because the programme has been scheduled badly. Cricketers who are paid such large amounts of money should be able to handle any programme schedule.
And I still say that the selctions of Srikkanth was wrong - totally unwise. And never mind the Man Of The Match award.
And for the next ten years we cannot go on ascribing Sachin Tendulkar's small scores to the impetuosity of youth. He is on his fifth tour abroad and should be mature enough now if he wants to come in at No.4.
And this final point of view:
That it is interesting to note that while the standards of our municipal commissioners continue to improve, the standards of our corporators continue to fall.