Indians are furious over a palatial new home a #Government official has built for himself at a cost of $7.3 million that features among its many opulent amenities a bulletproof bathroom. According to a report from the BBC, Indians are mad about what they portray as mindless greed and extravagance. Twitter user Anuragg Sharrma posed the question: “Wonder who was targeting what?”

Another user in the BBC report ventured: “This man cannot find peace even in the bathroom,” while another wondered, “The bathroom should be leak proof not bulletproof. Are you not going out of the bathroom ever? Do you also have a system with bulletproof music?”

The bathroom is protected against potential enemies

The article did not elaborate exactly how the bathroom was made impervious to bullets. Perhaps it also includes fireproofed toilet paper.

The 10,000 square-foot residence built over a sprawling huge plot of land near Hyderabad City in the center of #India was constructed for the occupancy of K Chandrashekhar Rao, a government minister. At a ceremony held this week, Rao had his own spiritual guru named Chinna Jeeyar Swamy bless the new house. It remains unclear if Swamy also blessed the bulletproof bathroom with its no-doubt extravagant fixtures, possibly by casting a lighted candle upon the waters in the porcelain throne.

Perhaps Rao does his best thinking while seated in the bathroom, thus the need for protection. There is a historical parallel. It’s a well-known fact then-President Lyndon B. Johnson did much of his decision making while seated on the toilet in the White House and conducted meetings with officials from that location. You might say this is a case of relieving yourself of two burdens at once.

At least one American president performed double duties in the bathroom

According to reports Johnson talked to advisors while holding his genitals. At times he also urinated in a sink. Or conducted business while sitting on a toilet. He did this without embarrassment.

A photo of the ceremony of the blessing of the house in India shows a bunch of bare-chested, half-naked guys (some with painted faces) in orange sarongs lighting candles and making ritual offerings of food and incense in a solid white room (floor and ceiling). The building itself resembles an oversized, columned edifice with porticoes that resembles one of those southern planter mansions during the American Civil War like Tara, the house in "Gone with the Wind." Big and white with gold trim, the sprawling two-story also resembles a department store somewhat, and has no landscaping, just a tacky patch of grass in the front that looks like a football game was played on it, and a single lone tree.

The place could use the expert gardening help of a few British landscapers but perhaps Rao ran out of money. Senior Political Commentator Kingsuck Nag told the BBC Rao was behaving like a feudal lord back in the days when such palaces were used to awe the natives. Many Indians face grinding poverty. #Foreign Affairs