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Commercializing Patrotism

November 25, 2009

So it seems that Cafe Leopold is selling mugs with bullet holes painted and words of praise for the NSG to commemorate first anniversary of 26/11 attack on Mumbai. And Shiv Sena is not happy at this. Hmm… I am not sure exactly what Shiv Sena is unhappy about. At one level, yeah sure we shouldn’t commercialize a tragic event like the 26/11 attack. However the Indian Flag sells on roadsides much like magazines, flowers, agarbatis and cheap tissue paper. And we buy them and proudly place them in our surroundings. So is it okay to commercialize patriotism but not okay to commercialize 26/11 even though the intention might be the same in both cases? And if it is okay to politicize religion, festivals, patriotism, cricket, why is commercialization not okay?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2009 6:06 pm

    everythign in today’s world is commercialised.. be it love, relationship or patriotism!! Every damn thing!!

    • November 25, 2009 8:07 pm


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