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The bottom line

india Updated: Oct 11, 2011 01:41 IST

Hindustan Times
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We are great ones for laying down the line. We have several up our sleeve. The Macmahon Line, the Line of Control, the Radcliffe Line, the below poverty line and reading between the lines. Now, to our joy, we have a new one. The above Parliament line to which, we are happy to report we all belong, according to the irrepressible Arvind Kejriwal of Team Anna.

In a television interview, the diminutive activist said that every citizen is above Parliament, citing the Constitution on the question of Anna's stand that he would accept nothing less than his version of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament. This is one in the eye for all those constitutional experts who have wittered on about the sanctity of Parliament. Our new saviour has given us the freedom to tell all these parliamentarians to take a hike. In fact, we are surprised that he wants Parliament to pass his Lokpal Bill. No, we the people, who are above it all, shall decide the fate of the corrupt. In fact, we might decide that we don't need any parliamentarian to be around and abolish elections all together. We could then decide on what is best for us.

For example, we would like free housing, monthly bonuses, assured pensions, foreign holidays, an allowance for facelifts every year, sorry, got a little carried away with our new-found empowerment there. What we feel bad about is that for all these decades, we were sitting around waiting for Parliament to lay down the rules. We were labouring under the misapprehension that we were being represented by those whom we voted for, albeit for a consideration like a colour TV or a blanket. Talk about pulling the wool over our eyes. So, the next time you need to talk to us edit writers, do drop us a line at the Parliament canteen where the food is good and the price line below average. In fact, we might just set up shop there, for we are as entitled to all that valuable real estate as the next man. And don't think we are getting above ourselves, we are all floating above the fray. No line shall hold us back.