The Deputy Commissioner of Mangalore district in Kartaka has issued a circular directing all officials to wear “decent clothes” to office and to meetings and events attended by dignitaries. A week ago, the Rajasthan government banned employees from wearing T-shirts, jeans or floaters to office or to formal events, after an official photographer annoyed Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje by wearing a bright red T-shirt to a function where she was present. In May, two district collectors in Chhattisgarh were officially warned for receiving Prime Minister rendra Modi wearing sunglasses. All this might be acceptable in a regime that comes down hard enough on greater lapses or crimes. However, we find ourselves in a dispensation where the Exterl Affairs Minister of the country, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh can go scot-free for far worse crimes—like shielding a crimil and securing British travel papers for him or for turning a blind eye on the Vyapam scam that has taken so many lives. Where is the sense of proportion or the sense of justice of the BJP government if it can pick on lapses of the dress code and completely ignore major crimes by ministers?
Stress on Minor Lapses