Witerati: Hugs of Hindostan

When Congressional arms appended to party prince Rahul Gandhi strayed ‘n’ stayed interlocked in ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ with the BJP ruling head, it spelt a cue from Narendra Modi’s hug-lomacy.

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2018 23:02 IST
Chetna Keer
Chetna Keer
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Witerati,Rahul Gandhi,Narendra Modi
A curious case of arms engaging in hug-lomacy that saw political heads minding their ‘P’s and cues’.(HT Photo)

This was one week that looked low on troll but high on pummelling of protocol. Protocol went for a toss much like pizza dough is wont to navigate juggling ‘n’ jiving in the air when in the nimble fingers of an Italian sous chef.

Or should one possess partiality to parallels not of the edible sort but from a formidable sport, protocol was sent scooting for a toss ‘n’ tumble quite like Croatia’s chances in the FIFA World Cup final.

All thanks to heads of state whose protocol-defying perambulations didn’t spell well for bilateral diplomacy, and thanks to political embracings that translated into tidings viral for selfie-ism’s lateral diplomacy.

Of Queen’s English not sounding quite write

Tweeple were treated to a respite from tutorials in Queen’s English not because its fabled desi brand ambassador Shashi Tharoor suffered lack of lessoning intent, but owing to his vocal cords inviting blame lame for emitting and exuding unintelligible content.

Tharoor’s tutoring through many an enlightening tweet did this week take a backseat.

This temporary silencing of Tharoorsaurus was to be blamed not on Tweeple being unable to make head or tail of Queen’s English dissemination through the Tharoor tweet, but on political rivals of Piyush Goyal’s ilk feeling flummoxed by the fabled Shashisms-spinning tongue sweet. Tharoor’s tongue faced flak for ejecting accented articulations that spelt a challenge for many a head. Simply because its accent went over Tweeple’s head.

A curious case of not head of state, but the state of head at the receiving end of Queen’s English.

Of Brooch and the “Beast”

Hither, desi politicians weren’t in step with Tharoor’s Queen’s English, thither a head of state wasn’t in step with the Queen.

Protocol suffered a beating worse than did Croatian hopes at the hands of French football finesse when US president Donald Trump galumphed gigantically ahead of Queen Elizabeth. Not one to be torn asunder, the Queen did rebuff the POTUS’ protocol plunder.

Not by spouting Queen’s English, but by sporting a style silent that saw her brooches do the talking.

On three occasions that Trump did with the Queen shoulders rub, he got ample taste of the royal snub. Courtesy her signature style version of bilateral diplomacy, a la ornamental diplomacy.

On Day 1, she sported a brooch gifted by the Obamas; on Day 2, a brooch presented by Trump’s not-too-chummy neighbour, Canada; and on the third occasion, a brooch she flaunts for funerals – a “grave” reminder to the POTUS to jolly well mind his manners.

A curious case of American feet tripping the Britain leg of Trump’s bilateral diplomacy by not minding the ‘P’s and Queues’.

Of shot in the arm for hug-lomacy

American feet may have strayed far from furthering the cause of diplomacy, but Indian arms appended to political heads heartily engaged in furthering the cause of hug-lomacy.

When Congressional arms appended to party prince Rahul Gandhi strayed ‘n’ stayed interlocked in ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ with the BJP ruling head, it spelt a cue from Narendra Modi’s hug-lomacy. When NaMo also took a cue from his bete noire and reciprocated with a Rahul handshake, it further propelled protocol to scoot off for a stroll.

With the hug-lomacy stunning the nation as also Pashas of Primetime debate, it was difficult to decipher from where did more “decibel-ism” emanate – the rival benches of Parliament in the throes of no-confidence vote or the garrulous gabs of Arnab Goswami and Co in the throes of regurgitating rhetoric rote.

A curious case of arms engaging in hug-lomacy that saw political heads minding their ‘P’s and cues’.

The writer can be contacted at chetnabanerjee@gmail.com

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 11:23 IST