Thursday, April 09th, 2009 | Author:

Shoe, shoe what to do, what to do, gleefully shoot and un-do

The shoe has proved pricey for Congress candidate for Delhi. He gave up. A few months back an Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi threw a shoe at outgoing US president George W Bush . That shoe is in high demand. Zaidi has proved a good Samaritan, at least for Turkish shoe company Bayden. In a time of recession the company has created employment for scores. According to confirmed reports
UK and American markets have the highest demand for this brand. Which is now known as ‘Bye-Bye Bush’ – see company’s official website

We looked at the video where the placid Chidambaram jerked his head to give way to the sports shoe Reebok trainer, if I am not wrong. Quite much in contrast with the Iraqi scribe Zaidi if I talk about speed and distance. This type of protest is bad in taste, I am sure you agree with me. This kind of protest has occurred for the first time in India, earlier it was joote ki mala ( shoe garland – a ritual practiced in India and elsewhere symbolizing dissent towards an individual). Similar incidents have happened in past, the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao face a similar situation during a speech in Cambridge University early this year. However, the Israeli ambassador to Sweden was unfortunate, he was meted a similar treatment while giving a speech in Stockholm University. The shoe hit his stomach.

Leaving the later two incidents, I have a question, where does the basic objective of a journalist of being neutral and objective reporting with an unbiased nature goes? I know that this is a one off incident but throwing a shoe during a press con at your minister takes a lot of courage and job loss too. For the sake of this fraternity I do not wish an incident like this happen any more. If it happens it is sad!

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