Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Dhaka,May 11 (newsin.asia):  The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their “blessings” is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting “elders” or “seniors”. In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, however, the practice assumed ugly  forms during the regime of the Late J.Jayalalithaa , when even senior cabinet ministers had to fall at her feet in public view if they were not to be kicked out of office.

There is now evidence that a similar servile culture has crossed the  international border into Bangladesh. On Thursday, the recently re-elected Mayor of Comilla City, Monirul Haque Sakku, bent low to touch the feet of Awami League chief  and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after he was sworn-in.

Perhaps Monirul Haque was following the traditional Bengali culture in which falling at the feet of elders or superiors  is the done thing. But one wonders if that is allowed in Islam in which one bows  or worships only Allah and none else. But then Bangladesh’s culture is a colorful and fascinating mixture  the Islamic and the Bengali Hindu traditions.

(The featured picture at the top shows the newly elected Comilla Mayor Monirul Haque Sakku plunging to touch the feet of party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to get her blessings: Photo: www.bdnews24.com)