When the Elite Get a Taste of Mango Mess

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Mango people may be for­given more than a touch of schaden­freude af­ter learn­ing of the tra­vails of many of the 4,000 VIPs at­tend­ing the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his 44 min­is­ters at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van. Af­ter all, what they went through is what the aam aadmi weath­ers ev­ery day. The heat, dust, traf­fic jams, jostling queues, lack of ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture — in this case, fans and wa­ter in view of the high af­ter­noon tem­per­a­ture — and the in­ter­minable wait that so be­lea­guered the se­lect gath­er­ing are but part and par­cel of the com­mon per­son’s life. In­deed, had the au­di­ence been made up of NIPs (non-im­por­tant people), there may have been no com­plaints at all for it would have been just an­other day. If the new govern­ment wanted to bring home to the air-con­di­tioned class what the aver­age cit­i­zen’s grouses are, the cer­e­mony did that in spades. But given that Lu­tyens’ Delhi has al­ways been known to be cut off from the wretched and time­con­sum­ing re­al­i­ties of quo­tid­ian ex­is­tence of the rest of the city and In­dia, some well-timed glitches in rar­efied of­fi­cial events ev­ery once in a while could be just the ticket to keep elite feet on the (dusty) ground. Such covert egal­i­tar­ian ac­tions may also earn this govern­ment good­will from the aam aadmi with more elec­tions just around the cor­ner!

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