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Bullet Proof Suits
|by Rajesh Talwar|
The Hari Putar Dialogues - 47
(The Hindustan Times ; 5 March 2009 ; New Delhi : When Barack Obama walked out to take oath that morning in Washington, he seemed a little under-dressed for the chill. But he was dressed just right, apparently, in a bullet-resistant suit that doesn't look anything like one.
Putar: There is a report in the Hindustan Times today that some designers are manufacturing bullet proof suits.
Hari: Really Putar? Have things come to such a state? You are joking. Who is going to use these suits?
Putar: Apparently when Barack Obama took the oath in Washington he was wearing just such a suit: a bullet resistant suit.
Hari: I suppose George Bush may have worn similar suits.
Putar: I don't know about him but the report suggests that George Bush's good friend Hugo Chavez is one of the clients of Miguel Caballero.
Hari: Who is Miguel Caballero?
Putar: This is the name of the bullet proof clothing company based in Columbia, which is named after its Colombian owner.
Hari: Columbia? Isn't that the country that is notorious the world over for drug smugglers.
Putar: Yes, it is.
Hari: So I guess the company may be having some of the drug barons as their clients as well.
Putar: Quite possibly.
Hari: But our politicians in India often don't wear suits. What's going to happen to their security requirements? I suppose they'll have to choose between safety and comfort.
Putar: What do you mean, Papaji?
Hari: The time the politician needs to wear bullet proof clothing is when he is addressing a gathering, where someone may take a pot shot at him.
Putar: Or throw shoes at him.
Hari: Of course. Although bullet proof vests won't stop that from happening. And you know India is such a hot country that it's very uncomfortable to be wearing a suit. So they'll have to choose between safety and comfort.
Putar: Not necessarily.
Hari: What do you mean?
Putar: They can wear bullet proof kurta-pajamas. According to this news report, Cabellero is coming to India, in partnership with Discrete Inners, a Delhi-based company. Its owner Shivani Nath told Hindustan Times: 'Caballero is going to be in India on March 12 and 13 to announce his plans.' The collection will include bullet-resistant kurta-pyjamas. Nath said the line would cost from Rs 30,000 (for a vest) to Rs 2 lakh and more (for more evolved clothes: jackets, T-shirts, collared shirts).
Hari: What about our female politicians?
Putar: Cabellero can try to design bullet-proof materials to be worn under the sari, I suppose.
Hari: With a sari it will be difficult. Don't forget the stomach is exposed.
Putar: Well, they'll either have to cover the stomach or the ladies can also wear kurta-pajamas.
Hari: It may not suit everyone.
Putar: Salwar-kameez then.
Hari: That will be the solution.
Putar: Salwar-kameez is uncommon attire in the South or even in say West Bengal.
Hari: The ladies can tell their voters that they are trying to promote national integration.
Putar: Tell me something Papaji?
Hari: Bol, Putar?
Putar: Cabellero will soon be supplying politicians the world over with their designer bullet-proof vests.
Hari: That's what you tell me.
Putar: And they are probably already supplying drug barons in Columbia with bullet-proof clothing. Some of their clients may include leaders of crime syndicates.
Hari: That's true also.
Putar: So this means that politicians and criminals will be seen to be wearing the same brand name?
Putar: Is this because they are both tailored from the same cloth ' as the expression goes?
Hari: I don't know, Putar.
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