INDIA UPDATE

Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.

KNOW YOUR HATS : GANDHI CAP


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The Gandhi cap was originally popularized by the original Gandhi, Mahatma. He acquired the habit in South African prison, where all non-white prisoners were expected to wear one, in order to prevent them from being mixed up with white prisoners. From this, we can deduce that South Africans have very poor eyesight.

Subsequently, many famous people have worn Gandhi caps, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, and Rajesh Khanna in the movie ‘Bawarchi’. To further add to the confusion, there have also been non-white versions of the Gandhi cap. Subhas Chandra Bose wore a khaki one, to indicate that he was military, while the RSS wears black ones, to indicate evil.

In post-Independence India, this cap was often worn by members of the ruling Indian National Congress, until they stopped doing so to avoid recognition by members of the public. As a result, it had lately fallen into disuse, except in rural Maharashtra, where it is traditionally used to collect funds for Sharad Pawar. Sometimes he returns the caps.

In recent months, several prime ministerial aspirants have started wearing Gandhi caps. In case you wish to become PM, you too should wear one. Please note that due to roughness of the khadi material, some users have reported symptoms such as itchiness of scalp and minor head-swelling (see visual). However, to avoid being beaten up, we would advise that you write something on it.

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7 comments on “KNOW YOUR HATS : GANDHI CAP

  1. walkerjay
    January 4, 2014

    Captivating!

  2. The Wanderlust Gene
    January 4, 2014

    Wicked :)

  3. Ganesh Subramaniam
    January 9, 2014

    I have seen in a dictionary (I forget which – maybe OXFORD ENGLISH) that WHITECAP means a crooked person, a conman, or a fraud..

    • shovonc
      January 16, 2014

      Thanks for that. That’s a great thought. Oxford English could give me more facts that I could distort.

  4. dakkumar
    January 16, 2014

    It’s very distressing when hat reporters neglect to ponder multi-use issues. A Gandhi topi can be used to serve pakodas or moomphallies in. But you must say clearly that it is not appropriate to serve sambhar in a Gandhi topi. There’s a good reason why this gear is such a northern phenomenon.

    A certain prophylactic device also goes by the name of a Gandhi topi, but it should be explained that that device cannot be used as head-gear, unless one insists on employing a certain word with a perverse connotation in mind.

    Some hats can also serve as underpants or jammies, if one runs out of either, as does sometimes happen. Then in the morning they can be used again, first for a breakfast of jaleybees, then in their proper role as headgear again.

    I am happy you have taken into account the possibility of installing a red flashing LED in the pinch of a Pune hat, but you have neglected to mention that the wearer must also screech “ounounoun…” at 10KHz and 100dB in order to be entirely convincing. A smart guy like me will not be fooled by a blinking red LED alone.

    • shovonc
      January 16, 2014

      You make some very good points. Several were better than mine. I think technical qualifications help. The 10 KHz and 100dB aspects make your story much more credible. If you feel the need for company as your mind slowly disintegrates, do stay in touch.

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