25 June, 2021

Young Woman And A Few Old Men

Bhawana Pundlikrao Gawli, a 27-year-old Shiv Sena MP, can't tolerate procrastination

Young Woman And A Few Old Men
Bhawana Pundlikrao Gawli may be a 27-year-old village lass, but her problems are far removed from milking a cow. The youngest MP from Maharashtra is always on the move and the only obstacles she comes across are wise old politicians. She is sympathetic to their inabilities, but that doesn't make her any less unforgiving. "Saathi budhi naathi (When you're 60, your mind stops functioning)" she says in Marathi.

But she is not too happy with certain occurrences in the House which can't merely be explained away by senility. "I have noticed many times that some esteemed members while attending Parliament sessions have to be held and supported to prevent them from literally falling. They can't stand up or sit down without assistance. I wonder how they serve the people who put them in such positions of power." She is a trifle worried that the malaise of old men running nations has assumed universal proportions. "I think it is very selfish on a candidate's part to contest elections after he is 60. I think MPs should retire at 60 and make way for younger people. Senior leaders should...

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