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Now, even burqas are against Indian culture?!

March 3, 2009
East or West, midriff is the best

East or West, midriff is the best

Well, well, well… surely, the elite cadre of the moral police bunked too many history classes in school during their four-year scholastic career. Which explains why they have slapped a ban on women wearing burqas. Imagine that!

Not to be outdone by the rave publicity that the Sri Rama Sene is hogging, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, has imposed a ban on women wearing burqas at a college in rural Karnataka.

Now, what are we to make of this? So, Western dresses are sacrilegious. And the burqa offends Indian culture. Perhaps the sari, a garment that exposes ample midriff, ought to be made the official garment for all college-going women.

If you think I’ve had a little too much bad medicine, read this.

Now, does Shri Mutalik have anything intelligent to say?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ajitha GS permalink
    March 5, 2009 2:11 pm

    Bijoy, great cartoon! I could hear you do the voice as I read it. Knowing you personally, and knowing your political views, I know the spirit in which you meant this comment. You are, after all, the guy who said that your daughter will wear whatever she feels like, a lot or little depending on her mood. If anyone harasses her for that, you’d deal with those people then.

    All the same, it’s dangerous to speak of the sari as a garment that exposes the midriff. We say this loosely/unthinkingly all the time in personal conversations – in the sari vs jeans debate. But politically speaking, whether or not a garment exposes all or any part of our bodies, we have the right to wear it. Of course, that might just be me being overly idealistic. It’s easier to communicate the idea in this cartoon to a “non-convert”… Hmmmm.

  2. bijoyvenugopal permalink*
    March 5, 2009 6:50 pm

    Of course, I agree with you. Garments that expose the body are as good as garments that do not expose the body – if the wearer is comfortable wearing them and not coerced to do so. All of the garments in the illustration are Indian, but in the twisted mind of the right-wing fanatic, a garment that exposes the mid-riff is okay while one that covers it is not. The irony, the irony!

  3. Senthil permalink
    March 8, 2009 4:28 pm

    Cheta, me think u shud create a category only for your toons

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