Apologies for a third successive post on the same subject ... like I did before writing Close ranks, I'm looking, bemusedly again, at that picture. This time, because Sharad Pawar described the whole thing as a "misunderstanding" and a "language issue", and a Vadodara police officer described the whole thing as "an invocation to Lord Hanuman." (Quoted on front page of Hindustan Times, Oct 19).
I mean, when this blue shirt and this yellow shirt are imitating monkeys, what's the "misunderstanding", I'd like to know? What's the "language issue" here?
But most egregious by far is the mention of Lord Hanuman. If these two worthies were part of a crowd praying to Hanuman, let's say, and they did just what they are doing in that shot, what do you think will happen?
Will the rest of the crowd look at them with heightened respect for their "invocation to Lord Hanuman"? Or will the rest of the crowd lynch them?