Sunday, December 11, 2005
This is where the Mughals have reached
Sultana Begum, the great-granddaughter-in-law of Bahadur Shah Zafar, runs a tea stall in Kolkata. But there are millions of people in this country far poorer than her, and I see no reason why taxpayers' money should go into "compensation and provision for a dignified existence" for this particular one just because of who her great-grandfather-in-law was, as she has demanded from the government. There are too many people in this country who are denied of "a diginified existence," and there are many things the government can do to enable their rise to relative prosperity, but hand-outs are not among them. Especially on the basis of ancestry.