Paresh Rawal and the Art of Staying Relevant

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Paresh Rawal and the Art of Staying Relevant

Illustration: Akshita Monga


couple of days ago, in the dead of the night, the artist formerly known as Paresh Rawal (now a BJP Lok Sabha member from Gujarat) tweeted his thoughts with the stealth of a silent – but well-aimed – fart. Rawal expressed his views, apropos of nothing, over the matter of an army officer tying a Kashmiri in front of his car: “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie up Arundhati Roy!”

As expected, the reactions started pouring in the following morning. Paresh Rawal began trending ahead of the usual #MondayMotivation, liberals and bhakts went to war, and we had ourselves another day of debating whether persons in power suffer from the foot-in-mouth disease.