Slipper hurled at Kalmadi..

Slipper hurled at Kalmadi…

Suddenly another member of the shoe family managed to squeeze itself in the news.A person hurled a chappal at Kalmadi when he was attending the Patiala House courts in connection with CWG scam proceedings.

Here is the piece of news from ET :

Slipper attack on Kalmadi latest in similar assaults.

NEW DELHI: The hurling of a slipper at arrested former chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi is the latest in a series of similar attacks – with footwear or in extreme cases a knife – on well-known personalities by disgruntled people to vent their anger.

In Tuesday’s case, Kapil Thakur, an unemployed man from Madhya Pradesh, flung a slipper at Kalmadi as he was entering the Patiala House court premises after his arrest a day earlier by the Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged financial irregularities in the granting of contracts for the October 2010 Games.

Thakur first tried to break the police cordon around Kalmadi, and when he failed, chucked a slipper.

Similarly, on March 24, 2011 yoga guru Baba Ramdev had a close shave when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, Mitu Singh Rathore, hurled his boot at him angered by his long speech on corruption instead of on yoga at a camp in Nagpur. Rathore was a follower of the yoga lessons of Ramdev.

In April 7, 2009, a Sikh journalist, Jarnail Singh, from Hindi daily Dainik Jagran threw a shoe at union Home Minister P. Chidambaram who was speaking with journalists at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi. However, the shoe did not hit the minister.

Singh was miffed at the CBI’s clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and wanted to debate the issue with Chidambaram, who refused.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was also targeted on Aug 15, 2010 when a suspended police constable, Abdulla Ahad Jaan hurled a shoe at him during the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

The police said that Jaan was mentally unsound and had a case of extortion filed against him.

However, there have been some cases where the attacks were violent, threatening the life of the victim.

On Feb 8, 2010 former Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, was attacked and seriously injured when a young man posing as a journalist stabbed him thrice in the face with a pocket knife outside a court in Chandigarh.

The assailant identified as 29-year-old Utsav Sharma, a resident of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, was said to be suffering from a psychological problem – termed “mood disorder syndrome”.

On Jan 25, 2011 Sharma repeated the act. This time he attacked Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teen, Aarushi, outside a Ghaziabad court attacking him with a sharp edged cleaver.

The attack left Talwar bleeding profusely as he suffered injuries to his face and hand.

I have earlier posted about a few of such happenings on my blog. Seeing to this new incident,I could not restrain my self from commenting on it.
Here is what I wrote to ET on the matter and it is now live on the website:

First,shoes were used as weapons of mass destruction of the corrupt and now it is the turn of the humble lowly chappal.I am reminded of several idioms and phrases on the subject of shoes,which now need to be suitably modified in praise of the chappal. Think it over please. Sample some of them at random as I give them a twist and a turn here and there: 1 as comfortable as an old chappal. 2. drop the other chappal. 3. fill someone’s chappals. 4. For want of a nail the chappal was lost; for want of a chappal the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost. 5. have the chappal on the other foot. 6. If the chappal fits, wear it. 7. chappal is on the other foot. 8. step into someone’s chappals. 9. wouldn’t want to be in someone’s chappals.10. the chappal is on the other foot. Last but not the least,only the wearer knows where (and now why) the chappal hurts !
To read my comments on ET’s website, go to the following link: 

I am sure the chappal thrower will become as famous as those who first threw similar missiles at others to vent their ire.

Interestingly,several jokes are doing the rounds on several sites.Sample some of the good ones :

1.Thrower alleges that K has stolen first slipper of the pair.Us ka chappal koi lauta do. 

2.Police has arrested the man who threw a slipper at K but missed.He might get a second chance to use the other slipper if they are put in the same cell.

3.And K thought only he was good at shoe-sha !

4.Will chappal throwing be seen as a competitive sport at the next CWG ? Fingers crossed.

5.Sole therapy might just set  K right.

6.Wonder in which bank locker will K keep this chappal in !

7.Even the slipper winced at the thought of hitting K.

We surely have a funny bone in all of us !

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