Why nobody finds the opulent new Parliament vulgar1 min read 04 Jun 2023, 11:35 PM IST
Indians have a new relationship with opulence and class, which they correctly identify as two different things
The new Indian parliament is the opposite of the average member of Parliament. The new parliament is modern, luxurious and in parts even opulent. The standard Indian politician looks inexpensive and ancient. The new parliament befits lawmakers in identical black coats, the formal assembly that is common in the West, China and several Asian nations that do not rebel against the cultural triumph of the suit. Like godmen, who claim “you are me and I am you" but dress up precisely to emphasise he is not you, Indian politicians too claim to dress to represent the common man but do not look like us or the poor at all. The general sartorial objective of Indian politicians is to continue what the first generation of Indian politicians did—the fancy dress of austerity. So why is it that they are not afraid of the opulence of the new parliament?