G.N. MOHAN writes: Liberalisation and globalisation have snuffed out two of the most defining symbols of socialism—the shoulder bag and the scraggy beard. But in the humble jubba, have market forces met their sartorial match?
“Even if you just touch this you will be a different person,” the noted progressive thinker Prof K. Ramdas (in picture), once said of his jubba, as he lovingly pressed its creases by hand before placing it into an almirah.
“Like a magic carpet, it can fly you to the Deputy Commissioner’s office or to the Vidhana Souda, and make you hold a placard and shout slogans for some cause or the other,” Ramdas said.
Liberalisation and globalisation have more or less consumed if not changed everything that came in their way. But the utilitarian jubba—cool and comfortable, and easy to stitch, wear and wash—it seems, will survive as a symbol, as a trademark if you will, of all who ‘think’; as a symbol of rebellion in the age of me-too conformism.
Since when did Prof. K. Ramdas become a “noted progressive thinker”? How many research papers has he authored? How many books? Is there any record of his creative work? What is his scholarly contribution to his field?
At best, Mr. Ramdas is a human rights activist and social worker. At worst, he is a political muckraker who pretends to be a scholar.
If he runs for office, I might still vote for him. But please… he’s no original thinker or philosopher; you are doing an injustice to the REAL greats that Mysore has produced.
I completely agree with the Noted Progressive Mysorean!
Ramdas has never contributed anything for the development of Mysore, let alone Karnataka. These kinds of pseudo intellectuals have harmed the country more than the uneducated brats. By speaking anti-establishment they garner the vantage position in the media. For them Secularism, Human Rights Preservation, Rewriting of History (read alignment to left) etc are the steps of ladder to climb the famehall. You can include Nagar Babiah, Rajendra Chenni, Manu Chakravarti, Gauri Lankesh, Girish Karnad, Arundathi Roy in the same list.
Unfortunately even Churumuri starts publishing these kinds of posts. If you continue doing this, ‘Lankesh’ (Putrike) kind of tabloids would not find any stuff in future.
‘Jubba’ is resistance to Globalisation. No doubt Jubba is a symbol of protest and Democratic action. I’m a great admirer of jubba. it is comfortable, simple and freternity to freedom.
Yes, it was because of his jubba, I could recognise him coming out(with bottles, of course!) of Mysore’s only liquor shop where you get exotic foreign branded saraayis.
Fighting globalisation indeed!
I got interesting news about that commercial establishment, which you people can verify and post… shall I send?
Dear Mr. Cheap Imitation Dheerendra Gopal, WTF is Sri B.?
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