Rather defensively, the defence minister stated that he didn’t ‘like calling anyone ‘Babua’ or ‘Bua,’ but then went on to state that Uttar Pradesh‘s people have decided that they don’t want Babua or Bua but Baba. While many have found this reference to suggest Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Adityanath, respectively, it could well mean anyone in the world of interchangeable family epithets. After all, the Mai-Baap state may see the electorate as one vast nursery of wards. But these ‘children’ themselves are growing up – slower, perhaps, because of the Indian parents’ patent style of mollycoddling – and have ‘teenage’ demands and aspirations that go beyond the respect they are meant to show buzurg log. So along with the choice of Baba, Babua and Bua, there may well be a Baby somewhere.