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   And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (July 13, 1996)

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

Like it is interesting to not that the two lead stories in the ‘Times' this morning are legal charges against an industrialist and a politician. And both the concerned parties are at the top of their respective sectors, Industrialist Ambani and Politician Rao. Thought, let me add, this does not mean there is a nexus between the two.

Like what I have not figured out is whether builders are victims of the nexus or co-conspirators.

Like what has to be made absoulutely clear to politicians is that when they are put in prison, they are not put there as political prisoners but as common criminals.

Like the present government is the ideal government, it passes orders and withdraws them the following week under public pressure. At least, so far, that is what it has been doing.

Like one way of silencing Mr. Lalloo Prasad Yadhav is to make him a union minister as Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadhav has been.

Like, I believe, the only member in parliament with guts and commitment is Mrs. Maneka Gandhi. And the only dissident worth listening to is Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde.

Like I wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the Shiv Sena BJP alliance in Maharastra. No, I do not think so, give it abother year. And, in any case, who is there to replace it! Not the Congress with Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal as chief minister!

Like one way to become fabulously rich is to marry the heirapparent to the British throne and then divorce him.

Like, suddenly, it seems, it is the fathers who are the criminals and the sons are being blamed for their misdeeds and not the other way around.

Like the grand musicals that Hollywood used to make in the 1940s, Bollywood and the South Indian cinema are making now. On the same scale, with the same imaination, verve, feel.

And the only thing the Indian cinema lacks is good story writers, or to be more accurate, plot writers.

Like one of the saddest sights in the world is film stars getting old, especially femals stars.

Like if people, even within the industry, have not been sentimentally swayed with the completion of 100 years of the cinema, I do not blame them. Only a handful of people are intersted in history, for most of use tomorrow is more important. Though the happiest are those for whom only today matters.

Like, I do not know about you, but for me yesterday and today matter, not tomorrow, and certainly not the day after tomorrow.

And this final point of view:

That it is a pity that the BJP is the old Jan Sangh, otherwise it would have been the ideal party for India.

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