Politicians Under Shoe-Attack

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

Mukesh immortalized the song ‘Mera Joota Hai Jaapaani’ when he sang it for Raj Kapoor’s movie ‘Shri 420’.

It starts with these lines:

Mera Joota hai Japani
Yeh Patloon Inglistani
Sar pe lal topi rusi
Phir bhi dil hai hindustani

(My shoes are Japanese
These pants are from England
The red hat on my head is Russian
But even then, my heart is Indian)

The song was considered a representation of newly sovereign nation of India. The bitter experience of slavery was left behind. We, Indians, were determined to rise up to new heights. Though we have to achieve our big goals yet, but it seems that it will not take too much time when we will come into sight as factual ‘Vishv Guru’.

The song earned fame even on international level. Especially in then the USSR, people were seen singing this song.

During my childhood, I liked this song very much. Simple and melodious tune, with impressive and meaningful words. Years have passed and I had almost forgotten the song.

A few days ago, in a video clip I saw a shoe flying in the air. As I was watching the video clip, the song ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ again came into my mind.

One may ask, “What was special there in the shoe?”

So far as I know, there is only one pair of shoes in the world, which were considered ‘special’. Many people were ready to buy these shoes at an unbelievable high price. These shoes belonged to Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist. Yes, the same shoes which were thrown on the then US president George Bush.

I do not know what happened to Zaidi’s shoes which he hurled at Bush. I do not think Bush had taken them with him as a trophy. Perhaps the historic shoes are kept as a ‘case property’. Whatsoever, the shoe I saw in a video clip did not belong to Muntadhar al-Zaidi.

One may again ask, “Was the shoe in the video clip was made in Japan?”

Actually, I do not know, nor do I care about it. The name of Japan is mentioned in the song only, which I have quoted above. That is all. Otherwise there is no Japanese link in this story. What I want to emphasize is that Japan did not provide the shoe in question. I am making it clear here, so that no one start blaming Japan for this episode. We blame only Pakistan for our problems.

Neither Japan, nor Zaidi Sahib does make this shoe a ‘special’ one. Actually, the shoe belonged to an Indian journalist, named Jarnail Singh. And, in the video clip, I saw the shoe being hurled towards our Home Minister P Chidambaram Sahib.

According to newspapers,

Chidambaram was addressing mediapersons at the AICC headquarters when Jarnail Singh, a journalist with Dainik Jagran, flung the shoe, in protest against the clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 riots case.
The Home Minister was speaking on terror and the measures taken by the government to deal with it. It all began with Jarnail questioning Chidambaram if the CBI clean chit to Tytler was under pressure from the government? Before posing the question, Jarnail also attempted to make a statement regarding the riots. But the Minister asked him to come to the point.
In reply to Jarnail’s query, Chidambaram said: “Firstly, CBI is not under the Home Ministry. And neither the Home Ministry nor any other ministry of the government had put any pressure on the CBI. The agency has only submitted its report and now it’s for the court to accept or reject it. Let’s be patient and wait for the court decision.”
As the journalist persisted with his questions, Chidambaram said: “No arguments, you are using this forum…” At this, Jarnail got up and hurled the shoe, shouting: “I protest.” An alert Home Minister, however, instantly ducked aside to see the shoe pass by him. His only reaction was: “Please take him away… gently, gently.” http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090408/main1.htm

To err is human, to forgive divine. Chidambaram Sahib forgave Jarnail Singh immediately. Jarnail singh was let off after spending close to an hour at the police station following the intervention of the Home Minister.

And why not? When we almost have forgiven those killers of thousands of innocents who were responsible for 1984’s riots in Delhi, Kanpur and other places in India, why should we not forgive Jarnail Singh? Well done, the government of India!

Many politicians were scared because of this ‘shoe attack’ on Chidambaram Sahib. Generally, people here in India were happy over this ‘shoe attack’. In fact, many persons in India are inspired by Jarnail Singh’s action. Throwing shoes at politicians have now become the easiest language of protest in our country.

Within a few days, another Congress leader Naveen Jindal faced the ire of Rambal, a retired school teacher. Jindal was addressing a meeting at his constituency in Kurukshetra when a school teacher in the audience hurled a shoe at him.

And then, it was Advani Ji’s turn. Pawas Agarwal, a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer threw a ‘khadaun’ or wooden slipper at LK Advani when the latter was going up on stage to address a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh.

Pawas Agarwal said that Advani was “a fake iron man” and did not deserve to be the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant.

The slipper missed Advani, but he became the latest victim of a series of ‘shoe-throwing’ incidents in the country. A former Katni district president of the BJP, Agarwal was taken into custody by police. (News)

Then, actor of Hindi movies Jitendra Sahib came under shoe attack during an election rally in Maharashtra.

Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to come under shoe attack during the election campaign when Hitesh Chauhan, a computer engineering student hurled a sneaker towards him while he was addressing a poll rally in Gujarat but it fell way short of the target. Manmohan Singh forgave Hitesh Chauhan and did not want the police to register any case against him.

Controversial politicians in India are now very frightened. They are taking precautionary measures to avoid shoe attacks. If Jarnail Singh was angry over 1984’s riots, there are others who are angry over anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002. Many people often blame Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat for that anti-Muslim massacre. So, Modi Bhai could be a target of a shoe-missile. And, Modi Sahib understands this. In an effort to save Narendra Modi from a probable shoe attack, about two feet plastic net was put up in front of the stage from where Modi addressed an election rally in Gujarat. (News).

While I am writing this page, another shoe-attack is reported here in India. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa became the latest target of the ‘footwear missile’, when a slipper was hurled at him while he was addressing an election meeting. (News)

If we examine all such incidents of shoe-attacks on politicians, we get a clearer message. The message says, “Everyone guilty of killings and misery of people should always be prepared for shoe attack”.

The people of India have come open on roads. They will now not stop. If they decide, they sit even on throne. They are singing the song:

Mera Joota Hai Japani
Yeh Patloon Englishtani
Sar Pe Laal Topi Roosi
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Nikal Pade Hai Khulli Sadak Par Apna Seena Taane
Manzil Kahan, Kahan Rukna Hai,Uparwala Jaane
Badte Jaayen Hum Sailani, Jaise Ek Dariya Toofani
Sar Pe Laal Topi Roosi Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Mera Joota Hai Japani…

Upar-Neeche Neeche-Upar Leher Chale Jeevan Ki
Nadaan Hai Jo Baith Kinare, Pooche Raah Watan Ki
Chalna Jeevan Ki Kahaani, Rukna Maut Ki Nishaani
Sar Pe Laal Topi Roosi Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Mera Joota Hai Japani…

Honge Raaje Rajkanwar Hum Bigde Dil Shehzade
Hum Singhasan Par Ja Baithen Jab Jab Karen Iraade
Surat Hai Jaani Pehchani Duniya Walon Ko Hairani
Sar Pe Laal Topi Roosi Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Mera Joota Hai Japani…


April 28, 2009

2 thoughts on “Politicians Under Shoe-Attack

  1. Jarnail Singh 'Zindabad'

    O bhaji, ey leader tey haiy hee jutti dey kabal. hor koi tareeka nahi ehna nu sabak sikhaun da.
    kuj tey sharm karngey public sahmney aaun to pehlan

  2. Surinder Singh

    I suggest these leaders should held their meetings in Gurdwara or Mandir to be safe from shoe attack.
    ha.. haa.. haaa..

    (nice article, anyway)

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