How a chief minister should drink tea. (Or not?)

KPN photo

On the day his party was tasting defeat in three States, Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa sips tea the old-fashioned (down market?) way in the company of the (more suave?) home minister, Dr V.S. Acharya, at the BJP office-bearers meeting at Malleshwaram in Bangalore on Thursday.

Of course, there will be those who will say tea and coffee taste better this way, that drinking from the cup is a colonial hangover of Resident Non-Indians, but surely there will also be those who will say that the chief minister of a State ought to exhibit more “class” in front of the cameras?

Of course, there will be those who will say this is the CM’s personal style, that he has been doing it for years, that he only does it among his own, not in front of world leaders, but surely there are better ways of suggesting that you drink like the aam masse than to slurp (noisily?) from the saucer?

Of course, there will be those who will say this is none of anybody’s business, but why shouldn’t it be?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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