The New Indian Express, July 30, had a picture of little children in new uniforms sitting down "wearily under the shade of their mothers after standing for too long" with a flower plate in their hands to welcome for Forest Minister Binoy Viswam who was more than two hours late!
If this is not child abuse, what is?
And what do these ministers think they are. They are there to serve the people, and should not behave like rajas condescending to give audience to the prajas, who are to be kept waiting till it suits the monarch to make his appearance!
And pray, why are the ministers always late for any function? Are they constitutionally privileged to keep the people waiting for any number of hours for their convenience? Are they exempt from the law of punctuality?
It's a shame!
This total disregard for punctuality is an insult to the citizens who have put them in their seats.
And how dare they? The tax payers time is as valuable as the ministers'.
And the people should make it a practice to go ahead with the function at the scheduled time if the minister is late.Every law abiding citizen is as much a celebrity as the minister, and is as worthy of inaugrating or gracing an occasion as a minister. What the heck! This is a democracy!
I think it is high time the ministers sat in the chambers and engaged themselves seriously in the business of governance rather than run around cutting ribbons and lighting lamps,and in the process hold up traffic and waste precious working hours of the state.