LALU’S BIRDS FLY THE COOP
Patna Zoo has been releasing peacocks into their natural habitat, which seems to include 10, Circular Road, the compound of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav. A peacock and peahen were moved from the zoo to Yadav’s house, only for both of them to escape hours later. “They flew away,” Yadav was reported to have said forlornly. Incidentally, Yadav’s eldest son, Tej
Pratap, is the state’s environment minister, whose purview includes the zoo. Tej Pratap, famously, enjoys dressing up as Krishna, peacock feather tucked into headdress. Recently, he was filmed playing the flute in Patna, cows swishing their tails in the background. “Aap toh Kishan kanhaiya ho gaye hain,” the prime minister teased him at a lunch with Nitish Kumar.
The birds are a protected species. Had the peacocks not escaped, their presence in Lalu’s house might have raised uncomfortable questions. All’s well that ends well. Or something.