Volume 18 Number 1                                                                         18th Year of Publication                                                                            January 31, 2018


Trump clear and impressive in his 
State of the Union speech
Yatindra Bhatnagar

The critics will always remain that. The Democrats will never give any credit to the Republicans, and to Trump – never. But the first State of the Union speech of President Donald Trump, before the joint session of the US Congress deserves definite applause and kudos.

Trump gave an inspiring speech, new hope for the future, new plans for lifting the economy, and unambiguous message to friends and foes overseas.
He tackled the immigration – illegal immigration – judiciously, giving the illegals (Dreamers) also hope for the future. He did not leave them in a limbo but wanted Democrats also to do their share – go along with the plan.

Trump graciously extended his hand of friendship and co-operation to the Democrats who came to show off with black armbands and were seen sulking, booing and displaying utter disgust.

Random Recollection 

Shashi Kapoor RIP

Yatindra Bhatnagar

As we were finalizing this edition, the sad news of one of India’s finest movie stars, Shashi Kapoor’s passing away made us very sad. Memories came back to me, especially of my meeting with Shashi on a flight from Delhi to Bombay in 1978 when he boarded from Bhopal and by chance, had a seat next to me.

We talked just like a fan and a star for almost the entire duration of the flight, nearly an hour. He told me about his trip to Bhopal for getting entertainment exemption for his new film Junoon (Obsession) pertaining to the period of 1857 when Indians fought against the British for their freedom. He told me the story (I had not seen the film.)

Junoon was produced by Shashi; his whole family (wife Jennifer, and their three children, Sanjana, Kunal and Karan) was featured in the movie. Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi were the other main actors. It was directed by Shyam Benegal, one of the best directors in India.

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