That we hang our tongues out over anything foreign is known, but I thought at least certain sections had become more sophisticated about it.
Today’s Times of India carried this picture of Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, along with Princess Letizia, welcoming President Pratibha Patil at the palace in Madrid on Tuesday:
Where is our self-respect that we show the President’s back while giving a full view of some monarchy in Spain?
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As though the Americans going overboard about it, and the rest of the West joining in, is not enough, the other night on NDTV after a serious discussion on the elections, the anchor mentioned Barack Obama and his new dog Bo. There was a huge smile followed by pictures of our netas with their kuttas.
Here, too, we need to be inspired by the White House. Worse, the panel was made to sit patiently and watch this; Sudheendra Kulkarini even mentioned that they had missed out on showing Mr. Vajpayee and his dog!
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Just for fun and a contrast, here is Ijaz Ahmed, health minister, Pakistan, at his feudal best: