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Haryana rhapsody

india Updated: Sep 30, 2009 22:42 IST

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At last, the BJP has found a fresh, daring issue — at least its Haryana chapter in Gurgaon has. With Assembly polls round the bend, the party has promised that it will ensure that ‘Western music’ becomes illegal if it comes to power. Do party members have a bad association with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor? Did listening to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries one Baisakhi night make them have thoughts that were particularly Aryan in nature? It turns out that the Haryana BJP has other, more deep-rooted worries about ‘Western music’, which, we suppose, means less the violent tympanum roll in Beethoven’s 5th symphony for the BJP and more the violent hip-shaking sounds from a Shakira CD.

And, of course, it’s not really about the music. If adarsh Bharatiya naaris — whose behaviour things like this really boils down to — could have gently tapped their feet to the latest 50 Cent or Britney remix, that shouldn’t have bothered our Concerned Ones. In the presence of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, not known to stick only to renditions of Raag Bhairavi or rollicking kirtans, Haryana BJP President Krishan Pal Gujjar stated that “in the name of culture, western music and vulgarity will be banned through law," if his party is voted to power.

What has got the decadent-liberal lot scratching their gelled hair about is whether the BJP in Gurgaon, Mecca to so many clubs and shakedowns, is waging a war against vulgarity or against western vulgarity? Because if it’s the latter, frankly, Bharatiya masti-makers would be only too happy to switch to the seriously rocking jhatka music of the ‘Dhan te nan’ remix. In fact, tight cholis may be a better idea than low-cut jeans, yaar.