We are privileged to view on television how our Lok Sabha regularly turns into a three ring circus with the MPs storming the well of the house, breaking chairs, shouting at each other and ignoring anything the Speaker tries to say. We are so used to this that we do not expect anything else.

I always thought that the situation in our Courts was different. So I was surprised and also amused to read this morning about the Slipper- throwing in our Supreme Court.

Perhaps influenced by the shoe-throwing episode involving former US president George W Bush, members of the Boss School of Music on Friday swung a slipper at a Supreme Court judge.


The incident occurred in a court presided over by Justice Arijit Pasayat, who was hearing their petition along with Justice A.K. Ganguly.”

The four women and one man were from the controversial Boss School of Music.

“Parents of some students at The Boss School of Music had approached the Bombay High Court accusing the teachers of hypnotising the children and practising black magic. The HC had ordered a probe against the school.Yesterday, arguing their case before the bench in the Supreme Court, the petitioners began using abusive language. They demanded that the Bombay High Court judges be jailed for initiating contempt proceedings against them. Sarida Parekh, one of those standing before the bench, suddenly flung a slipper at Justice Pasayat.”In December last year, a TV reporter named Muntazer al-Zaidi stood up in the middle of a news conference in Baghdad, and threw two shoes at the then American President George W. Bush.

Earlier this month an angry Iranian citizen threw a shoe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the city of Urumiye.

The lady in our Supreme Court yesterday must have thought that throwing a shoe might be too un-Indian. Why not throw a slipper instead?