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article imageVideo: Australia's Julia Gillard takes embarrassing fall in India

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 17, 2012 in World
New Delhi - Australia's PM Julia Gillard, on a state visit to New Delhi, slipped over her heel as she walked from the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi on the final day of her three-day visit to India during which she held talks with the Indian PM Manmohan Singh.
According to the Daily Mail, the prime minister's heels bogged after she stepped on wet grass. The Sydney Morning Herald reports she fell flat on the ground and barely managed to break her fall with her hands.
The embarrassing tumble was shown on Indian TV. An Indian reporter commended her apparent fitness, saying she recovered from the fall immediately and continued her schedule as though nothing had happened.
She said, "It's ok, it's ok, I'm alright," as her hosts helped her back to her feet.
According to the Daily Mail, in a political punning statement, "the offending shoe lay behind her, innocently unaware of the trouble it had caused the PM by withdrawing its support."
The Herald Sun reports she laughed off the incident and brushed off suggestion she could wear boots, saying fashion critics would have a lot to say about the PM wearing boots with skirt.
She also delivered a lecture on the peculiar attributes of female foot footwear, "For men who get to wear flat shoes all day every day, if you wear a heel it can get embedded in soft grass. And then when you pull your foot out, the shoe doesn't come, and then the rest of it is as you saw."
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Gillard has a long history of embarrassing moments "with loose shoes and difficult heels."
In August, she had an accident at Sydney's Customs House. As she walked on stage to launch a cyber safety program she slipped out of a shoe. Earlier in the year, she lost a shoe when security officers tried to hurry her during a demonstration in Canberra. Protesters eventually returned it to her.
During her 2010 election campaign she lost a shoe after she stepped off a forklift.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that in spite of the mishap, she enjoyed a warm welcome in India especially among women who had watched her speech delivered last week in which she accused opposition leader in the House of Representatives Tony Abbott, of being a misogynist. She was pleased that ''a lot of people have clicked on and watched that speech." She said: ''When I gave it, I didn't quite expect the kind of reaction that we've seen around the world, and the dissemination through all of the new technology."
She also accused Abbott of being cowardly. She said he failed to raise his turn-the-boats-back policy with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. When a journalist suggested she might have come down a bit too hard on Abbott, she said: "Abbott has done two press conferences where he's had the opportunity to say the simple words - [that] he raised tow-backs with Indonesia.
"It seems to me Mr Abbott is now spinning like a top because he's embarrassed with his failure to raise with the President of Indonesia something that he beats his chest about when he's home in Australia.''
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