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MJ Akbar's Byline from his blog
What would have been the reaction of Indians if the shoe thrown by Jarnail Singh at Home Minister P. Chidambaram had actually hit his face?
Sympathy is a sentiment best measured by mercury. A little shake of the thermometer and it can shoot off in either direction. Jarnail Singh did himself a great favour by missing. If the shoe had hit the Home Minister smack in the face, who knows, he may have shared some sympathy.
The errant shoe did far more damage than an accurate one might have done. It served Indian sentiment to a nicety, by delivering a sharp message without causing physical damage. Singh claims that he had never meant to hit the Home Minister in any case, but I am not too sure that he was in control of his actions when he suddenly spurted into the national limelight and Sikh lore. It was an involuntary gesture sparked by a deep, traumatic pain, a signal that the human spirit would not be defeated even when the hopelessness of an individual confronted a massive and even insolent cover-up by authority.
Read the full piece: When Everybody is Guilty, No One Is Guilty
Sujan Dutta in the Telegraph:
When the shoe flew past Union home minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and the camera showed two men packing off the sardar from the Congress Party venue, I knew it — the face was turned away from the cameras but that gait had to belong to my friend Jarnail.
Jarnail Singh, who hates getting out on zero, who tonks the tennis ball a long way during winter weekends of cricket and chucks the ball a long way from the fence, too, had thrown — and missed — a target two metres from where he was sitting.
But he had made the transition from byline to headline.
(Video Courtesy: CNN-IBN)
P. Chidambaram may have been able to regain his composure after being momentarily taken aback, the BJP may feel momentarily gleeful, stand-up comedians and puppet shows on TV may get more ammunition for their laughter-challenged shows, but even before this shoe was hurled, Siddharth Varadarajan wrote in the Hindu:
the Congress party’s decision to give tickets to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler is a reminder of the impunity that is built into the very edifice of Indian politics and law.
Even before the Central Bureau of Investigation gave its predictable “clean chit” to Mr. Tytler and declared there was no evidence to prove his involvement in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, the Congress party high command had no qualms about fielding him and Mr. Kumar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Delhi...
I do not care how many innocent people might have died as a result of the actions Mr. Tytler is alleged to have committed. The answer to that question involves a burden of proof which is beyond the ken of an average person. The question I want an answer to is this: How many people did you save, Mr. Tytler? You were an important leader of the ruling party at the time and your clout is such that the Congress even today feels obligated to give you a ticket.
So, this is just for posterity. We all know what happened and it's been covered on the site under the wire news and day in pictures, but still and all, perhaps it is best if it were placed here at least for the record. So, the what, when, where, how etc first: When? December 14, 2008 Where? Baghdad, Iraq What? George W Bush, who was on a surprise trip, conducted amid deep secrecy, to Baghdad to thank his troops and herald a new security pact. At a press conference with the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, he said the conflict had been necessary. "The war is not over," he added. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, came a hurled shoe, as a journalist, later identified as Muntadar al-Zaidi yelled: "This is a farewell kiss, you dog! This is the end!" But clearly, that was not the end. For soon came his other shoe, hurled once with his full might: “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq!”