India’s been titled the “world’s largest democracy.” There are times when that’s a marvel to see and there times when it’s astonishing that it survives at all.
One such time was this week. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan, was giving a speech in the State’s legislature to both the upper and lower houses. Members of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) party, who campaign for a free Telangana State, decided to protest, interrupting his speech.
Their protest to his speech involved:
With all the protests going on it’s no small wonder that Governor ESL Narasimhan managed to finish any of his speech at all. In fact he spoke for some 15 minutes. Using a quick time speaking technique, he hastily dropped many of the passages from his 40-page speech, before he was bustled away by his security team, unhurt.
Democracy in action! It’s a scene that few of us will ever experience ourselves when delivering a speech. And for that we must be thankful.
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