Forget all that talk about the Great Indian Economic Boom taking us out of the cottage industry closet and onto the terrace of Great Powers. If there’s any confirmation that we have arrived, it has to be, it must be, it gotta be the fact that Madonna has aired her desire to adopt an Indian child. While we try and come to terms with this tremendous honour, only comparable to the comment made recently by the fashion editor of an international newspaper about how effortlessly we Indians wear Western clothes, Madonna and her hubby Guy Ritchie are scouting for a desi kid.
Earlier, the singer had sought out a little girl from Africa for adoption. But with the red tape coming in the way, and her New Year holiday in India pointing to an alternative plan, she has her mind made up on an Indian orphan. Thanks to a Bollywood choreographer, Madonna went against her husband’s initial objection, and will now descend on an orphanage near you.
Quite clearly, adopting children from ‘emerging economies’ is all the rage these days among the glitterati in the orphan-less West. That not too many folks here are adopting our own poor tots is a great encouragement for the likes of Madonna and Angelina to descend on Indian cribs. But the real reason for celebrating is not so much that our unwanted children will now get to frolic on the grass of Hamstead Heath or Central Park under the dutiful eyes of the paparazzi, but that Madonna wants our kids! We are saved as a nation. Now for Aishwarya to adopt a poor thing from Pontiac near Detroit.