Shoe Prank Redemption April 7, 2009Posted by astralwicks in india, India Elections 2009, justice, Opinion, People, Politics, protest, Random, violence.
Tags: Chidambaram Shoe Thrower, ethics of journalism, jarnail singh, shoe as symbol of protest, shoe at Chidambaram, Shoe Prank, sikh riots 2004
Jarnail Singh threw a shoe. Should he, a journalist, thought of his professional code first and foremost, repressed his anger and carried on reporting in a non-partisan manner? This is being ad nauseum on all the TV channels. Most ardently by Barkha and Arnab. Barkha, it seems, takes it as a personal affront – so zealously she guards her rarefied code. Arnab, artistically stuttering, goes with the flow of the arguments of his esteemed guests.
Jarnail Singh might not want to be a hero, but unwittingly, he has. 25 years and still counting and no justice. Enough for a reasonable man or a woman to feel angry, depressed, sad, waver, lose focus, feel helpless and uncared for, decide to take the one step that will define him perhaps for the rest of his life, stake everything on that one moment that one might later regret and yet steel oneself and do it because…he was just a man
Long live the protest of the individual soul.