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Getting the boot

If a growing sea of jobless Chinese doesn’t make beijing a tad hot under their post-Mao jacket collar, there’s also flak in the form of an iraqi-inspired aerial apparel.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 22:20 IST

If a growing sea of jobless Chinese doesn’t make beijing a tad hot under their post-Mao jacket collar, there’s also flak in the form of an iraqi-inspired aerial apparel. After former US President George Bush got the boot in Iraq, it is now the turn of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. When will it be the turn of India’s political leadership?

After all, elections have been slated for April-May and there are possibilities in this regard that deserve exploration. As the fall of a lowly apple provided Newton an epiphany of gravity, doesn’t the shoe indicate something equally profound?

Just one humble shoe thrown at Mr Bush provided orders for 300,000 pairs and boosted the fortunes of a shoe manufacturer in Turkey. Just imagine comparable possibilities in India. Like subsidies, they must, of course, be targeted at the intended beneficiaries for full benefits. Hurling shoes at politicians at election time might well be the saviour of India’s economy. After growing at a tiger-like clip of 8.8 per cent during the last five years, growth is likely to flag to 5.1 per cent this year. Worse, India could lose up to 1.5 million jobs in the export sector because of the global economic meltdown.

If we assume comparable multiplier levels of 300,000 pairs of shoes for every politician that takes a hit, this might well save the fortunes of the crisis-ridden leather business. They are also a sustainable form of protest as the shoes are biodegradable and can be recycled. Anyone listening?