What would you do if you were a large Indian political party, and it was your Foundation Day? Celebrate, possibly. Give (and listen to) speeches, definitely. Eat sweets, goes without saying. Dance with barely-clad women and shower them with money, NO!
But that’s just what a few workers from the Trinamool Congress did at a Foundation Day event for their party yesterday. Luckily, the police came and explained to them that their definition of partying wasn’t likely to glorify their party but, before that, footage had been captured, and is now all over the news channels and youtube.
At a time when India has been shocked by the lack of safety in our country for women, we didn’t need this. Of course, given that PR people usually have an interesting (and false) spin to put on every event, we think they might come up with ‘innocent’ reasons to explain away this national shame. Here are a few examples:
1. It is a communist plot; the Reds convinced the Trinamool MPs to appear in a Public Service video showing how responsible men should not behave, and are now distributing the video claiming that it's real.
2. When the old man threw money on the dancers, he was actually campaigning against dowry, by showing how we should always give our women money instead of giving it to the family they're marrying into.
3. While the whole country is united in their silent tribute to Nirbhaya, those party workers felt that the rapists were being left out, and put together a tribute to them in the form of a vile, misogynistic act.
4. Since the word 'Trinamool' is misspelled in the background poster, the partymen were clearly enacting a skit showing how sleazy people in other parties can be, as compared to the pure hearts and minds in the Trinamool Congress.
5. The people in that video were very sad over the way dance bars have been shut all over the country. They wanted to kickstart an awakening among the right-thinking public of India, to once again bring back those glorious establishments.
6. They were being nice to journalists across India, and hoping that someone would come up with a creative headline like (S)Tri(P)namool Congress. That might not have happened yet, but you've got to credit them for trying!
7. Inspired by Gangnam Style crossing 1 billion views on youtube, they wanted a viral video that would hit at least 1 million. They seem to be well on their way....but wouldn't it have been better if they mimed riding a horse than behave without any dignity, in their quest for viral fame?
8. They watched item numbers in any major Bollywood blockbuster from 2012 (e.g. Fevicol Se) and figured that any dance they could do with any number of skimpily clad dancers would be less raunchy than the item number, so they would be safe. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
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