So when we were doing that whole Pink Chaddi campaign there was another controversy – of Col CK Dass and his wife not being allowed entry into a disco because the lady in question, was in a saree. And I didn’t write about it for a while because I wanted to be sure what side I was on. (Would be much obliged if someone could give me a link to it. )
I am a rabid saree wearer. I love my sarees, I wear them everywhere and I don’t care what people think of it. So recently I wore a silk to a page three event held at a disco and got a lot of strange looks. No one stopped me but I felt it merited the occasion and I wore it. Also it’s a lovely grey and fuschia silk and I was just dying to wear it, okay!? Okay.
So anyway, saree being part of our glorious traditions and heritage yaada yaada, blah blah.. I can see why people got so upset over the refusal to let her enter. And I am not even getting into the argument of what is appropriate and how hard it is to salsa in 6 metres of cloth.
I simply believe that any establishment has a right to its rules and no amount of public debate is of any use. So many places refuse entry to men in open sandals. Sure, it’s a stupid rule in a hot country like this, but hey, their place, their rules (much like my blog, my rules ;)).
I remember feeling vaguely torn when the French school refused to allow Muslim girls in with a head scarf. I have my own religious scruples and I could see how hard it must have been for them. But hey – an educational institution is an educational institution and the point of a uniform is so that everyone is uniform. Leave your religion at the door – much like those footmats you get that say, ‘Leave your ego and shoes at the door’.
And if you don’t like it, lump it. It’s the same vaguely disturbed feeling I get when I see Sikhs on two wheelers without helmets. Heck, it’s a law and you’re breaking it with impunity. And it’s a law that so directly shows you cause and effect. You have an accident and you crack your skull open. I heard a lot of Sardar jokes about this and it just wasn’t funny.
And so that is where I stand on the saree issue. If it’s a private establishment, it has a right to its code, no matter how ridiculous you find it. If it’s a law, you have to follow it, no matter what your religion has to say about it. You don’t like it, move to a country where religious laws prevail. But in all this – no third party has a right to charge into any place and tell you that THEY have an issue with the way you are dressing or behaving.
It’s when you try and find a way around it that you end up with confused laws and plenty of chaos.
So, what’s your view on this?
And oh – on a slightly related note – I read this piece. Very interesting.