maama took a beeeeeg delegation to New York
"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera
asked, "what is all this fuss about Mahinda maama's
trip to New York?"
"Why, what is the fuss?"
Bindu's father Percy asked, "is it because he was
chosen by President Bush to have breakfast with him?"
"No, I don't think that is quite
the reason…" Bindu said.
"Then, is it because he went
to Cuba on his way to New York?" Percy wanted to
"No, thaaththa," Bindu explained,
"I think it is because over sixty people accompanied
"What is wrong with that?"
Percy wanted to know.
"They say that it was one of
the largest delegations to New York…" Bindu
said, "and certainly the largest Sri Lanka has
"But I'm sure Mahinda maama had
his reasons…" Percy suggested.
"But thaaththa someone has said
that with the expenses of this delegation, we could
have built several schools…" Bindu argued.
"That may be true," Percy
said, "but Mahinda maama must have felt that taking
a large delegation to New York will also benefit our
country, perhaps even more than building a few schools…"
"How can that be, thaaththa?"
Bindu was puzzled.
"Remember, Mahinda maama has
a lot of people to please…" Percy tried to
"Why do you say that?" Bindu
"Why, he has so many ministers
in his cabinet, nearly a hundred of them, so he must
take at least some of them or else they would be angry…"
Percy pointed out.
"Still, some people are saying
our delegation was too large, thaaththa…"
"Then, he has so many advisors
advising him, so if he really needs their advice, he
should take them with him too…" Percy observed.
"I suppose that is true…"
"Then, if he didn't take anyone
from the media with him everyone would accuse him of
undertaking a secret trip and engaging in some conspiracy,"
Percy declared, "so he needs to take some people
from the media too…"
"I think that is reasonable…"
"Then, because he is talking
to all these political parties and trying to get them
to join him, he must get some of them to accompany him
or else they would be disappointed…" Percy
"Maybe that is also something
to think about…" Bindu said.
"Then, because he is obviously
under threat from the Tigers, Mahinda maama must take
his security team with him…" Percy declared.
"Of course," Bindu said,
"no one will grudge him that…"
"Then, he must include his secretaries
and other officials to make sure that he can attend
to his official duties efficiently…" Percy
"That is of course true…"
"And finally, no foreign trip
is complete without someone from your family by your
side, so they too must be included and that is something
every leader does…" Percy said.
"Yes," Bindu said, "there
is nothing wrong with that…"
"So, Bindu, with all these people
having to accompany him, there can be only one surprise
about our delegation comprising of over sixty people…"
"And what surprise is that?"
Bindu wanted to know, "Is it that Satellite too
was not part of the delegation even though she herself
was in New York?"
"That is not a surprise at all,
Bindu…," Percy said, "what is surprising
is that Mahinda maama has been able to limit his delegation
to just sixty people…"
"Just imagine, thaaththa,"
Bindu said, "if the Greens too join Mahinda maama,
how many would have to be included in next year's delegation..."
Percy didn't want to even think about