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UP MLAs junket: Tours and travails

comment Updated: Jan 23, 2014 01:42 IST

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Our hearts go out to them. The UP MLAs who were out of the country for a jolly and a jaunt, sorry study tour of five countries, have cut their trip short by three days and given Dubai a skip. All because of the ignorant outrage by the public who actually expected them to stay put in India in light of the misery of the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Some people just don’t get their priorities right.

Our lads’ tour, a matter of pride for the nation, as the redoubtable tour leader Azam Khan of the Samajwadi Party informed us, should have been allowed to run its full course. In Greece, the fountainhead of democracy, under cunning guise of being mere tourists, they studied methods of how to hone our own less than perfect democratic system. In London, the shortsighted may have thought that they were taking a swing around the great city scoffing cream teas, but few noticed that they were actually studying the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy in order to implement it here so that it would no longer be necessary to float new tenders before each session for the microphones and chairs that legislators smash in their eagerness to bring succour to the people. In Turkey, only the feeble-brained would have failed to understand that while watching belly dancers, our worthies were making copious notes on the methods employed by its founder Mustapha Kemal Attaturk to emancipate women. This is to be conveyed to neta Mulayam Singh Yadav who breaks out in a rash every time women’s rights are raised. In Amsterdam, braving the canals to take a barge cruise, Raja Bhaiya and Co have come back with a dazzling knowledge on how to construct intricate waterways down which the riot victims of Muzaffarnagar can float about in their leisure time. Shame on you for thinking that this was enjoyment.

If the kvetchers and grumblers had kept their gobs shut, the team would have been so tense while rolling down the sand dunes of Dubai and examining at close quarters the architecture of its super deluxe hotels. And for God’s sake, now that they are back, stop raising a ruckus about taxpayers’ money having been wasted. Think of what a small price it is to pay when our netas have gone through such travails to bring pride and glory to the nation. Jai Hind