Advertisement
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021
Outlook.com
heritage row: bangalore club

Second -Last Orders

Karnataka lays claim to the grounds on which stand Bangalore Club

Second -Last Orders
Second -Last Orders
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Dressing Down

  • When dewan of  Mysore Sir M. Vivesvaraya came to Bangalore Club, he was apparently asked to take off his Mysore ‘peta’ and wear a coat. The statesman responded by starting Century Club in Bangalore in 1917.
  • In 2002, Mohan Gopal, then director of the National Law School, attired in white dhoti, was not allowed to enter Bangalore Club for the Republic Day banquet. He resigned his membership.
  • Last year, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association turned away Justice D. Hariparanthaman, a high court judge, because he arrived at a book release function wearing a dhoti. The TN assembly subsequently passed a law to remove the ban on ‘veshti’ at recreational clubs.
  • In 1988, Bombay’s Willingdon Club famously barred a barefoot M F Husain from entering
  • In 1991, Lok Sabha member Dau Dayal Joshi was not admitted to the Delhi Gymkhana as he was wearing a dhoti. The matter was discussed in Parliament.

***

First the watering hole, then the club itself. The manicured acres and polished mahogany, along with the charm of old world preferment, of the venerable Bangalore Club, arguably the city’s most elite, are under threat. For an institution whose beginnings date from the British Raj and which still holds dear some of its hoary traditions, this is probably its first serious brush with the law. It seems like a battle is about to be joined—one which generations hence will talk about nursing their drink, settled in those plush chairs. A pleasing scenario, if the club survives at all.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Uttar Pradesh: One Week On, Mystery Shrouds Death Of 3 Dalit Girls

Uttar Pradesh: One Week On, Mystery Shrouds Death Of 3 Dalit Girls

The post-mortem report said that the three girls died 'when they got crushed after coming in front of a train that was passing through'.

Past And Present Of Mumbai Bandhs: Why Mumbaikars Are No More Scared Of It

Past And Present Of Mumbai Bandhs: Why Mumbaikars Are No More Scared Of It

History is witness to the reality that the fear of the Shiv Sena went away after Uddhav Thackeray took over as the chief. Many say that his moderate outlook has defanged the Shiv Sena and turned the roar into a meow.

IND Vs NZ, First Test: Umesh Removes Kane Before Lunch

IND Vs NZ, First Test: Umesh Removes Kane Before Lunch

It's Day 3 of the first Test at Kanpur's Green Park. Follow live cricket scores of India vs New Zealand as NZ chase IND's first innings total of 345.

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

Former Chief Minister and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah:'The restoration of early statehood and Article 370 is the only way forward. Otherwise, Kashmiris will continue to bleed and there will be hardly any progress in this part of the world'.

Advertisement