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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (July 27, 1996)

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 the credibility of this Lakhubhai Pathak, the acharwalla, is going down by the day. He address Rotary Club meetings, has his pictures in the papers regularly, admits that he indulges in bribing, goes on fast, gives up fast the following day. The most amusing part of it all is that it is another maverick, known for similar tactics, Mr. Khairnar, who persuades him ot give up the fast.

Like the way the accuser is behaving, not only Mr. Narasimha Rao is going to be found not guilty, but also Chandraswami.

Like, in one respect, Mr. Rao is like Saddam Hussein. He cannot be removed.

Like Mr. Sharad Pawar has been quiet the past week. But they say that when he is quiet, he is plotting something.

Like if could not be a good budget if the stock-market is down, down, down.

Like I feel sorry for Mr. Chidambaram. If he had become finanace minister in the Congress ministry, he would have been honoured, but finance minister in UF government means nothing.

Like the sooner this government goes, the better. Becuase, it is in no position to perform. All its time will be spent in making compromises among its 11 constituents and with the Congress.

Like reports are going around that the remote control in Maharastra is not operating and Chief Minister Manohar Joshi is working independently. And I do not know whether this is good or bad.

Like I see nothing wrong in the Maharastra government having its own airline, especially if it is going to be handed over to Mr. Parvez Damania to run it.

And just because the government has an airline, I see no reason why it cannot have fresh linen in its hospitals.

Like I wonder if ministers realise the futility of their efforts. First, Madhavarao Scindia tried to run the airlines, then Ghulam Nabi Azad, and both attained nothing. Again, first Madhu Dandavate tried to run the railways, then Madhavrao Scindia, than Jaffer Sharief, then Suresh Kalmadi, and the line to Goa is yet to start functioning.

Like, in my view, one of the best buildings in India is the British Council building in New Delhi, designed by Charles Correia. It is either a building built in a tree or a tree growing in the building. And the only Indian industry which competes and beats its counterpart in the West and East is the Indian film and entertainment industry.

And this final point of view:

That every four years the entire country is disgraced as it goes to the Olympic Games, loses in the preliminary rounds of all events, and returns home empty handed.

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