The kilt, the burqa and the paranoia.
This has got nothing to do with any Sergio Leno movie.
THE KILT : The Kilt was invented back in the early 18th century by an Englishman(yes my dear Scots, the kilt was invented by an Englishman :P) so as to offer a pocket friendly way for poorer Scotsmen, who could not afford pants to wear as bottoms. These kilts became an instant hit, and everyone started fashioning them. Somewhere around the midpoint of the century, the British Parliament all of a sudden decided to ban the kilt. It wouldn’t take much imagination to come up with an answer to the question as to why one would want to ban the kilt. But thats not it. The British Parliament had no objections to it being silly or the like, but they felt that this gave Scots their own way to dress, and form their own unique identity. This was according to the Englishmen in the Parliament of rebellious nature. Now, the kilt has become one of the most popular things one would associate Scotland with (probably in competition with the bagpipers and the Lochness monster) But who would have imagined that, it was once illegal to wear the kilt, in the country where it is currently the national dress.
THE BURQA: Around 260 years after the ban on the kilt was enforced, a ban on the burqa is being considerd. First Belgium, then France, now Britain. In fact, demands to ban the Burqa have found even more enthusiasm, with the French on their way to outlaw the clothing item. This is six years after they banned Sikh school students from wearing a turban to school. As people globally debate is it Just to ban the burqa, Islamic people in France have expressed their disappointment over the vote in one of the most Liberal countries of the world. When the government of a country starts fondling and issues diktats on the way one should dress, you know things must be surely messed up. When I founded out, that every neutral was divided on this issue, I was in for some relief, as I have been able to take my stand on this issue.
THE PARANOIA: On one hand, one would say, that it is the right of every individual to wear what ever one wishes to. However, this move can also be taken as a move to remove the uncomfortable elements that creep up in one’s minds around a burqa clad woman, especially in Europe. Even in India, one can quite clearly see men steering away from women dressed in burqas, which is very upsetting. Many of us might claim to be against religious intolerance, but very sadly, the fact remains that even in the minds of the most enlightened people of today, in this age of fear, it is not very uncommon to be unsettled by the slightest of displays of religious identities. Sadly we have to face the facts, one religion has been stereotyped to be ill-wishers of all except themselves. The identity of one religion has been maligned to such an extent, that some of us start fearing for our lives when we are nearby people of that religion. They are being separated out of the society, and a sense of insecurity is creeping in them. I feel very sad for my fellow men out there who have to face such hardships everyday. I seriously wish we could accept people of other religions, especially Muslims(if throwing the religion quotient out of the window seems irrational), I wish we could all live as one.