Par­lia­ment House for sale..!

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Email:bob­s­ban­ter@gmail.com

WITH more bills be­ing passed in the PMs of­fice than in Par­lia­ment, Real Es­tate de­vel­op­ers in the coun­try have started eye­ing Par­lia­ment House in New Delhi; their ar­gu­ment; that since op­po­si­tion mem­bers fight most of the time and since bud­gets and cru­cial bills are no longer be­ing de­bated about any­more, the coun­try might as well earn big bucks for it­self by de­vel­op­ing this prime prop­erty.

I found a fa­mous builder in his Mercedes car just out­side Par­lia­ment, he was look­ing at the his­toric build­ing with un­abashed in­ter­est. “A mall would be good here!” he mut­tered glee­fully. “A mall!” I shouted fu­ri­ous. “Brawl Mall!” he said, “in lov­ing mem­ory of the vi­o­lent fights and brawls that took place in­side th­ese walls!”

“Brawl Mall!” I ex­claimed look­ing an­grily at him, “How dare you! This is a sa­cred place!” “So also will be the mall!” smiled the builder as he told me to sit in the car and asked his driver to turn the air-con­di­tioner higher. “It will have all the things Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans want to­day!” “Like what?” I asked sink­ing into his cush­ioned seats.

“Long cor­ri­dors and pas­sages, which will be just like Delhi streets, where they can protest, burn ef­fi­gies, hold mor­chas and start com­mu­nal ri­ots!” “That would make them quite happy!” I agreed re­luc­tantly. “There will be a pri­vate air­port on the ter­race of the top floor!” “Why?”

“To go on their for­eign jun­kets when­ever they feel like go­ing or their wives feel like do­ing some Bangkok or Lon­don shop­ping! Here they can hold up a flight for how­ever long they want!” “You have re­ally stud­ied our wor­thy lead­ers!” I said.

“When one makes a busi­ness pro­posal one stud­ies his cus­tomer well!” said the shrewd busi­ness­man as he got out of his limou­sine, walked into the build­ing and ex­claimed, “Blank walls!” “Blank walls?”

I asked. “Thou­sands and thou­sands of square feet of blank walls in the mall, where they can put up all their pic­tures; they love see­ing their pho­tos grac­ing any blank place, and I vow to give them that priv­i­lege!” said the builder putting his hand to his chest and mak­ing an oath, “I may even give them park­ing place out­side to park their own stat­ues!”

“I mar­vel at your crafti­ness!” I said. “When one makes a busi­ness pro­posal one stud­ies his…” “I know, I know,” I said hastily, “I heard that be­fore, so tell me when do you start work on this mall?” “Af­ter the next elec­tions, “said the builder shak­ing his head glee­fully again, “I’ve got the sanc­tion of all the present op­po­si­tion mem­bers, and af­ter next year’s elec­tion when the present trea­sury MP’s sit in the op­po­si­tion I will get their sig­na­tures too..!”

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