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Dye another day
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 17, 2013
First Published: 21:20 IST(17/3/2013)
Last Updated: 21:22 IST(17/3/2013)

Perfection and China go hand in perfectly matched hand. The world witnessed this during the Olympics when, to present a flawless image, thousands of pixie-faced girls, chosen on the basis of particular physical attributes, were trained to hone the perfect smile showing only eight top teeth (not seven or nine).

However, the country’s political leaders have taken this Made-in-China perfection to the next level. At an annual parliament session held recently, the Communist party leaders were spotted wearing identical dark suits and sporting impeccably coiffed jet black hair.

But according to Steve Tsang, professor at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, this is no accident.

He says this is done to “blend in and dodge blame for the failure of any particular policy”. If that’s the case, then young India’s greying politicians should take a lesson or two from this rather innovative method of shunning accountability.

In fact, if they play their cards right, they can cash in on this and become ambassadors for hair colour brands.

This trend, indeed, could prove to be a silver lining for politicians who are not too comfortable seeing things in black and white.

But up until now, when it comes to hair and clothing, our political lads and ladies do not seem to buy into China’s uniformity theory.

So we see all manners of styles in Parliament. We have the careless rustic style of a Lalu Yadav, the carefully put together one of Meira Kumar, the casual elegance of Rahul Gandhi and a bewildering, indeed often hair raising array of crowning glories.

Now we are not ones to split hairs over looking spiffy, given that we hacks are known for our sloppy dressing and our windswept hair styles.

But as the cliché goes, we are not ones to be cast in a cookie cutter mould. Our styles maybe nothing to dye for, but we do seem to have a headstart on the Chinese as of now.


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