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The future is here

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 23, 2013
First Published: 18:49 IST(23/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:55 IST(24/7/2013)
To see the media frenzy in Britain and in other parts of the world, one would have been forgiven for thinking that this was the second coming of Christ. It as near as you can get to that, the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby. While the more gender equality-inclined among us had hoped that it would be girl, thereby being the first to overcome the now scrapped law of primogenitor, it is a bonny baby boy. And so the British monarch has ensured that its line of succession will stretch well into the next century. And to think that we kvetch and grumble at our netas when they try to just secure things for the next generation. They should take a lesson from the Brits. The Queen has been rattling around Buckingham Palace longer than many of us have lived. Her son Charles will get a shot at the throne in the fullness of time, and we use that term advisedly. Then we will have Prince William and then the infant lad.

If the Queen's track record is anything to go by, the House of Windsor will be around till man colonises Mars at the very least. The other European monarchies may not have one person hanging onto the throne for so long as the British one, but they too have ensured that they will be around for a good long time. So the next time, anyone asks our dynastically inclined whether they think it is their birthright to hang on to particular constituencies or positions, they can cite the example of the ceremonial and expensive monarchy as a precedent.

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The only lapse on the part of our lads is that they have not ensured succession in near perpetuity as the Brits have done. We hope that our corporate and maybe film world are taking note of the foolproof succession pattern of the English monarchy. If they haven't, well, now is the time to start planning. You have the blue-blooded blueprint right in front of you now.


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