26 November, 2020

At Home In The Office

'I've managed sahib's home, why can't I manage sahib's state?' asks Rabri Devi

At Home In The Office

BIHAR Chief Minister Rabri Devi has a lot on her mind. The problem of governing Bihar is not quite it. She frets about the fate of her nine children who miss their father and complains of the "conspiracy" against her husband. And as for the nation bickering about an uneducated housewife becoming chief minister, she dismisses such critics with quiet confidence: "Jab sahib ka ghar itne saal sambhal liye to sahib ka state kyon nahin sambhal payenge (I've managed sahib's home for many years, why can't I manage sahib's state?)". Bhabiji's statement takes her prompters by surprise. She rejects their cues yet again and declares her political agenda: "Roti, kapda aur makan".

The self-styled prompters are uncomfortable. They may soon become redundant. The 38-year-old, hazel-eyed Bhabiji is no hapless fumbling fool. She's impatient with unsolicited help while she deals with the media. "Sahib taught people here to walk and talk. They are with me. And I'll look after them," the new politician promises.




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