29 October, 2020

Upper Class Hypocrisy

THE chattering classes appear to have discovered a new hate object.

Upper Class Hypocrisy

THE chattering classes appear to have discovered a new hate object. It is Bihar's new chief minister Rabri Devi, ensconced in the saddle by her ousted husband Laloo Prasad Yadav—a move seen as the ultimate perfidy by the backward caste leader. There has been a collective outcry, particularly amongst the urban middle class, pouring scorn and ridicule on this semi-literate mother of nine children for assuming the reins of the country's second most populous state. Indeed, judging by the hysteria generated in newspaper columns and drawing rooms of metropolitan cities, it would seem as if Rabri Devi's elevation as chief minister was the beginning of the end. There is outrage that such an appointment has been at all possible under the Constitution. In fact, there have even been suggestions that a special law should be framed to prevent the likes of Rabri Devi from wielding administrative power.

Interestingly, political leaders of different ideological persuasions have been the most strident in this chorus against the new chief minister of Bihar. The BJP...



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