Omar Abdullah might be a bit biased here. What probably is more important though is what the Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers added: “Glad [that] dance now [is an] acceptable [form of] protest.”
Sushma Swaraj’s dance becoming worthy of news and online banter betrays how middle-class mores dictate Indian mainstream sensibilities.
Gandhiji, having lived in South Africa for years, in fact, might not have found it disrespectful at all. Why cross continents when we ourselves have a rich tradition of revelling in music and dance as part of rituals, including funerals.
Dance and music have been an intrinsic part of protest in the long years of the battle against apartheid in South Africa. South Africa, indeed, the whole of the African continent has given us such brilliant protest music.
In India too protest has a history filled with music, dance and theatre too. The most famous being the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA). There are groups like the Jana Natya Manch which keep the fire burning even in this age of standardisation. It is time mainstream culture acknowledges and indulges in a bit of “fun” too.
Let us emulate the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha — only about her dancing protest, let me quickly add.
Teaandchocolate has this to say in response to Nick Clegg’s lament to Jemima Khan:
I think maybe I should offer you some advice.
You may think things are tough for you, but let me inform you, out here, it’s a lot more freaking tougher than you could even imagine.
People are losing their jobs, schools are being taken over by mad middle-class dames, the hospitals are about to be sold to the devil, there are no jobs, the economy is being run by a crank, there are no jobs, food is very expensive, and did I mention there weren’t any jobs ?
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divus before that felt:
I wonder what Gordon Brown’s kids felt like when Clegg constantly ridiculed and insulted him?
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Come Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown, and even our own venerable PM Manmohan Singh, there’s isn’t much difference in policy, and that’s what matters ultimately. Nick’s is just one man’s self-inflicted problem, but teaandchocolate’s is the real and widespread problem — transcending border even.
So, after all, it looks like it is not only Arabs who are in need to peaceful revolutions.
When the former cabinet secretary, T S R Subramanian, asks: Has Parliament lost all its significance? One does realise that things have gone awry. Not just in parliament, but also in the elite’s unabashed penchant for stating “nothing” rather profoundly.
While he notes that the past 30 years as being particularly bad, Subramanian doesn’t contrast the fall in esteem of parliament lately with that of the “honourable” conduct of parliamentarians just after the stroke of the midnight hour. Instead he mentions Benjamin Franklin and Disraeli! Satyamurti comes up at the rear end of of the list. But Piloo Mody of course gets special mention.
Subramanian has missed out on the Indian parliament’s glorious history. His ideological myopia dissuades him from naming the likes of Hiren Mukherjee, who has otherwise won wholesome praise from even rabid reactionaries. Subramanian wouldn’t of course be expected to name the likes of Nehru or Ambedkar!
The former cabinet secretary has post-retirement found a vocation as a columnist, but he could do a lot better if he didn’t inflict readers with incomplete analyses, even if biased. It would have really helped enhance the debate on a genuine disquiet facing India.