|This man, elected by people as an MLA,
proudly endorses slippers made by
his personal cobbler
Just like the Assembly situation is the buzz all over the country, Bablu Ram is the buzz among the cobbler community all over Patna. They don’t care about asylums being called Assembly Houses, and sanity-challenged people being called MLAs. The fact that a cobbler’s product reached as close as the left cheek of someone who would seem to be a respectable person, has made them proud. Bablu today is a symbol of pride for the community, and is proof that in the times of hypercritical democracy, cobblers and shoe companies can have a bigger say than even George W. Bush, let alone minnows like P. Chidambaram, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the latest, Udai Narain Chaudhary.
|Another scene from yesterday’s chaos:
Who will sponsor the pots?
“Why would anyone want to throw sponsored shoes at speakers and dignitaries? They already pay dearly by getting suspended and facing criminal action, why do you think they would pay extra for your “special” shoes?” we asked Bablu. But Bablu retorted, “If they have to pay for it that way, why do they throw shoes in the first place? I’m confident that people would be willing to throw sponsored shoes. It will not only boost our business, but also make shoeing a fashion fad. If the trend gets more popular, the government should make shoeing legal and give a Right to Shoe just like the Right to Vote. If we can elect our representatives, we should also have the right to remove them whenever we want.”