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Moral Bouncing!

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The misery of the pub goers simply refuses to subside 🙂 The latest is a ban on Saris in Indian nightclubs. I am eager to watch the reaction of the “Loose, pub going and forward” brigade on this issue. After all, when voices against “pub culture” is unacceptable, restrictions on what one can wear to a pub is downright criminal, isn’t it? Moral policing is bad – Moral bouncing (is what I call the issue of not being allowed to a pub for wearing a sari) is worse 🙂

Some ideas I can suggest for the “forward” urban elite to protest this attrocity.

  • Form a “Very loose, pub-going, forward, whats-a-sari?” group and “spread awareness” about this attrocity.
  • Start a black-chaddi campaign. Black, I guess, is the color of the connoisseur. Collect as many chaddis as possible and gift it to the bouncers. Or should it be black-saris?
  • Celebrate a “World forward-pub-goers day”.
  • Assemble in a five-star hotel and engage in “constructive discussions” (TV shows, I mean) about how to educate the bouncers and pub owners on freedom-of-dress while drinking.

Wait a minute. Maybe I am getting it all wrong. What’s the problem really if one is not allowed to wear Saris to a pub? Shouldn’t we also let the pub-owners have the freedom of deciding the dress-code in their shop? What’s with Saris anyway. They’re not preventing anyone from drinking, are they? As they are rightly asking on the news channels nowadays, what’s Indian culture anyway? Further, the bouncers are just discharging their duty – they are not part of some “Hindu Hooligan” group (notice the adjective – google for the term – you’ll realize where it gets used).

Maybe we should just wait for one of the news channels to conduct a debate on “Is the Sari really symbolic of Indian Culture” and watch some “Loose, pub-going, forward” socialite to prove that “Swecchachara” (oops, freedom I mean) is what really matters, Sari or no Sari!


Written by Hariprasad

February 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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  1. In the grand scheme of things, whether allowed to wear sari or not is totally immaterial. Pub owners may not be justified in their view but I can sort of root for them as I can’t imagine drinkers in saris. If you ask me, sari is such an hypocritical attire, thought to be modest by many yet used by women to pervert people around. So if you argue that sari is part of Indian culture, is pub-going too part of Indian culture?


    February 18, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    • So these pubs and discos did not want people to wear dresses that “attract unwanted attention” and so Saris were banned. And we are to accept that the dresses people actually wear to these places do not “attract unwanted attention” at all!

      If the ability to pervert people around is a factor to judge, 90% of the dresses people wear to pubs/discos cannot be allowed.

      My opposition to people being prevented from wearing Saris (anywhere in India) does not lead to a conclusion that I consider pub-going as part of our culture.

      If low waist jeans or skirts are banned in pubs because they attract unwanted attention, would it still have qualified as an ignorable episode, in this whole “freedom struggle”.

      Regards, Hari


      February 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

  2. Sari to a pub is like wearing jeans to a formal meeting.


    February 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm

  3. Hi Hari,
    I went a bit off-topic. What I mean to say is that debating about such an issue is needless. Pubs aren’t great places that you should get so offended about their restrictions of certain dresses. There are other far better things to talk about.
    But anyway, the sight of women who are drinking and are clad in sari is ugly. like i told you, just like wearing jeans to office is not the done thing, it isn’t good sight to see women in sari in pubs. It’s like you need to dress to the occasion. Have you seen Angelina Jolie wear jeans to any film festival or the Oscars or any Academy award?


    February 19, 2009 at 11:15 am

    • Hi Vinita,

      I agree there are far better things to talk about. I also agree that there is an element of “appropriateness” to every place. It would be equally disturbing to see women in disco clothes in temples!

      More than all these, I think that in every area of life, be it pubs or people “attempting to protect culture”, there is always a section who cross-the-line and commit excesses. Those people and places are not representative of the entire community. Those individual incidents need to be treated just in that spirit and not taken as an attack on either freedom or culture. One Sene or Dal attacking women is not a statement on all those who are working hard to preserve and enrich Indian culture. Indian culture, over ages, has freedom as an integral component. The whole thing about “Either culture or freedom” thats going on in the media is not healthy, IMHO.

      Regards, Hari


      February 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

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