When the Elite Get a Taste of Mango Mess
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!