Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.
In news which the foreign ministry has described as ‘yet another crime against women’, the USA has been caught red-handed in the act of victimising a Kargil war widow.
The lady in question, whose husband appears to have made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in 1998, has been an inspiration and a role model for the youth of India. Undeterred by misfortune, she cleared a very difficult competitive exam to become an officer of the Indian Foreign Service. She did this with no help from her father, also an IAS officer, whose recent retirement from the position of Chairman of the Maharashtra Housing Development Board was described as a ‘black day in the history of Indian real estate’ by many. He is currently enjoying his well-deserved retirement, in different penthouses on different days of the week.
Strengthened by the memory of her husbands sacrifice, this indomitable young woman then clawed her way back to financial solvency by acquiring and selling a flat in Oshiwara, on land provided by her grieving father, for $400,000, which is 55,000 times the minimum hourly wage payable in the US. Moved by her resolution in the face of adversity, the Indian Army rewarded her with a flat in the Adarsh Housing Society, specially constructed for war widows. Many women close to the government have benefited from this scheme, including some who appear to have husbands. “Whenever an Indian soldier dies, it’s as if I too become a widow,” explained one of them.
Why was this diplomat unable to pay her maid the minimum wage, which are the specious grounds on which the US authorities have arrested her?
“The money from Oshiwara was invested elsewhere,” she said, “And thanks to the depreciation of the rupee, Gucci handbags have become very expensive.”
Fortunately, the government has risen to the occasion, using $250,000 of taxpayer’s money to secure her bail.
“This means your tax refunds may be delayed slightly further,” said a government spokesperson, “But for a mother of two, it was the least we could do.”
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