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Throwing ink to protest maturing as hasty non-violent concept
Thursday October 6, 2016 5:44 PM, Shakeel Ahmad,

Ink thrown

Nowadays ink is being used to protest over some pertinent issue. It implies a degradation in its traditional use by and by. With a new trend of its use as a mark of protest for a certain goal, inky protests are increasing day by week.

The influx of the latest electronic devices where ink is not used for writing purpose has also minimised its use. Even the schools have been opting for such advanced gadgets in order to chuck out from its normal use.

Instead, the political workers are coming out with all the confidence and inclination to throw the vibrant ink on some influential personality for registering their protest against whatever they realise clashing with their political views.

That’s why this exercise has been turning out to be a very handy practice for such type of persons. Just as they decide to smear the politicians, they quickly reach at the place in a very cautious way as the reports clearly approve. Such kind of incidents does happen on the political horizon off and on.

The latest illustration of this quite popular non-violent act was carried out recently at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Rajasthan.

As he was coming out of his party worker’s house three youths, said to have been associated with the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyathi Parishad, hurled ink at him, along with three bottles.

From the face to the shirt, the ink spots were apparently observable. This was an indication of their complete indignation towards the leader’s recent comments on the surgical strikes.

It has now become an easier tactics to throw ink and offend the political party leaders or even the business tycoons as was seen in a case of Subroto Roy Sahara.

The offended parties generally forgive the offenders as Chidambaram had done in the case of shoe thrower and now Kejriwal had shown his generosity towards the ink throwers of Bikaner district by saying, “God bless those who hurled ink at me. I wish them well.” This closely corroborates the Gandhian way of forgiveness.

But several raise the point over misuse of ink diverting in the direction of political gain. It cannot be affiliated with either any colourful festival or other auspicious social occasion.

As we are familiar with the time when students used to carry an ink pot filled with blue or black ink for handwriting in the school.

Habitually, their fingers and faces were smeared with ink and even their shirts were not safe from the blue-black stains. But that was not regarded badly by the parents in those gone days.

The children were beaten for this horrible behaviour but that was bearable in comparison to the present day’s inky disgrace or humiliation.

The recent trend is wholly different from those school days. That was a hasty deed. Whatever is being exercised at present is quite poles apart.

It is done with an aim to malign, to register protest against an issue and also to come into limelight.

It is more or less connected with the political hues. Its use is now peculiar and clear as it is used to make reputations and to blacken the political persons anywhere.

It is being used to reveal the rascal characteristic of the politicians because ink throwing appears to be a perfect way in the political wrangling.

It is now taken up as a novel concept in the field of politics with all the concentration upon adversaries. Is it binding together the domes of democracy?

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