Like feminists claim that short skirts and red lipstick are not a signal to be molested, similarly, Modi’s wardrobe is not a signal for Shashi Tharoor or Rahul Gandhi to defame him. The opposition has always hailed them as the suit-boot ki sarkar? One wonders what is wrong with wearing a suit-boot or donning a Naga head dress.
Rahul told villagers in Amethi “We want your sarkar. Shirt ki sarkar, chappal ki sarkar, kurta-pajama ki sarkar. And we will show it to you.” He was lucky that they were too scared to reply, “We want sarkar with a mind, a sarkar that can at least speak properly, and a sarkar that is not the butt of jokes.”
Should not the politicians and leaders talk about more important issues, rather than individual wardrobes? Are they a gathering of kitti-party aunties or school kids on Children’s Day? Surely, Tharoor could have come up with a better jibe with his verbose wit and articulated tweets, than to poke fun at Modi for wearing what the Naga’s wear. How is it different from Rahul Gandhi going to the farmer’s huts and sitting down to bite a morsel with them? In a populated democracy like India, all politicians try to become one with the masses.
Even Tharoor left his United Nations ka suit-boot and wrapped a lungi for his Kerala constituency. So, how can he blame Modi for doing the same in North East?
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But it seems that the dress has been central to creating images. Gandhi was called a poor fakir by Churchill when he braved the cold in England with just a dhoti. And now Kejriwal is mimicked and teased for wrapping himself with a muffler all year round, even if he is sleeping it off on Lt. Governor’s couch in Delhi.
And why should we use suit-boot as an accusation? Should the aspirational India always stick to kurtas and chappals? What is the harm in making the most of life chances? If a chaiwallla PM heads to North East, he can dress like the tribals. If an ex-diplomat visits his home in Kerala, he can wear a dhoti.
In the end, neither a kurta pajama nor a safari suit means that much. What they people care about is not what Rahul Gandhi or Modi eat or wear, but what they really do for the masses.