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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Of journalists, footwear and politicians....

What drives some journalists to show throes I wonder? Perhaps its the new 'in-thing'....

Today, Jarnail Singh of Dainik Jagran decided to give it a shot (quite literally) at the Indian Home Minister Mr.P.Chidambaram. He was asking the minister a question about Jagdish Tytler (a Congress leader allegedly involved in the anti-Sikh riots) who had been given a clean chit of late. In the words of Jarnail Singh himself, what he (Mr. Singh) did was perhaps not the right way to go about a protest. The Congress and the Government have decided not to press any charges against him, so he's been let off. Here's a video of the incident. Just look at the expression on Chidambaram's face. Priceless!!

If you're looking for the guy who started this novel (and rather funny method) of protest - you'll find the video below. This of course is the Iraqi shoe-thrower, Mr. al-Zaidi. In the middle of the news conference, (a royally pissed-off) Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi stood up and shouted "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,", hurled one shoe and then followed it up with "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq." before hurling another size-10 at (then) American President George W. Bush. And boy, what an awesome throw. And George Bush's first dodge was like Keanu Reeves from the Matrix. Cool!

Doesn't quite appear to be too effective though, given that:
1. Neither thrower has hit their target.
2. Though Mr. Singh was let off lightly, al-Zaidi was handed a 3-year jail sentence.

Lets wait till reporters of the fairer sex take this up as a hobby, then it'll be high heels ...... ouch!!! When that happens, I sure wouldn't want to be in any world leaders' shoes (no pun intended).
One thing that bugs me, though. Why do these guys always miss ;-) ?


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