The lowly shoe just got a raise. From being relegated to the shoe rack to finding a place in scribes hands,footwear now has much more going for it than just Kiwi shoe polish. We asked Puneites what they thought of the trend and whether the shoe is now becoming the global weapon of protest
I think what the Jagran journalist did today and why he did it is something which can only be understood if you yourself have gone through the same pain and trauma. Its easy to castigate such acts and brand the person who did it as a culprit. But if we put ourselves in their shoes,literally and empathise with their pain,it all falls into perspective. As long as no bones have been broken,I guess its alright.
First Bush,then the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and now its happened in our very own country. I think shoe throwing is taking a global shape now. Its getting as global as it can. Many people call it indecent,uncouth behaviour. I agree with them. It is a sign of how uncivilised our society is becoming. We are stooping to such uncultured levels. There is no sophistication left.
In my opinion,it is perhaps a way of venting out anger and this being the third such incident,such acts can likely be followed elsewhere. However,this is not the correct way to express your protest; in democratic countries,there are better ways of doing that. I feel educated people should rather speak up.
Ashish Rai,IT professional
Whether you agree with this kind of protest or not depends on what kind of social milieu you belong to. I,for,one,think the journalist must have had his reasons for taking such an extreme step. May be hes had a very close experience with death during the 1984 riots and he just couldnt accept that the guilty have been acquitted. So,may be,in a fit of anger,he resorted to this extreme step.
Political protests of this kind are abhorrent and highlight the bankruptcy and frustration of the Indian middle class. To me,this is a reaffirmation of the growing belief that journalistic morality is on a decline. However,there may be a lesson for the political class as well in all this. The great Indian middle class may be on the verge of exasperation and they better watch out.