Friday, April 17, 2009

Now L K Advani gets the chappal

After P Chidambaram and Naveen Jindal its the turn of BJP leader and NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani to get the shoe. Journalist Jarnail Singh's shoe hurling at P Chidambaram seems to have started a chain of events with people finding shoe throwing a noble gesture to show their displeasure with the political class in India.

Interestingly this time around it was an ex-Bharatiya Janata Party member Pawas Agrawal who allegedly threw a slipper Advani at an election rally in Katni, Madhya Pradesh. Agrawal who was immediately taken into the police custody said that Advani was a 'Fake Iron Man' who asked for votes in the name of Ram and then paid tribute to Mohammed Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan.

The BJP party leaders were shocked at the incident and blamed it on the Congress for being behind it. Congress was quick to fire back and asked BJP not to publicise the issue. As both the parties try to make an election issue out of this it is another dark chapter in the 2009 elections which has already seen many lows from our leaders.

The question now arises is whether shoe throwing will now become a regular part of Indian politics? Well if the politicians pardon these people under the heat of the election these incidents will take place again. P Chidambaram had let Jarnail Singh walk away with no punishment after the first shoe-gate incident. His pardoning act was more of political in nature keeping in mind the elections in Punjab.

This pardoning act had lead us to this day when within a week we have had three politicians at the receiving end. The problem arises because the politicians act as law themselves and don't allow the men in khakhi and the people in black coats to resolve the cases. Election rallies are places where our politicians apologise for their blunders and cases are not solved in courtrooms. Is this the democracy we are so proud of?

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Renjith Nair April 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM

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