Amrapali Kata, the Collector of Warangal Urban, has come in for criticism for laughing inappropriately during a speech on Republic Day.
In the course of her speech, she was to speak about Warangal’s Open Defecation Free status. Speaking in Telugu, she had to refer to the construction of toiles over the last few years. But when she was about to read the word ‘Marugudodlu’, she broke into mild laughter and even said to herself ‘So funny’.
A District Collector laughing at the use of the word about which there is nothing funny is surprising. It also smacks of elitism. Thousands of Warangal’s residents have got their toilets and their Collector finds it funny to mention it!