Interviews that bring you to a screeching halt
Last week in a forced tonsuring incident in Bangalore two school boys’ heads were forcibly shaved by the school staff. Bangalore police has made an arrest. The government has responded by promising a bill in Parliament that will make forcible tonsuring illegal.
Braking News met PK Dhut, Minister of State for Cultural and Religious Affairs.
Braking News: Good morning, PK.
PK Dhut: Please don’t call me PK. I don’t want to be associated with that Aamir Khan movie. You may call me Purna Kesha, which means One with a Full Head of Hair. I come from a long line of hairful ancestors.
BN: Ummm…that’s hard to pronounce. May I call you Dhut ji?
PK: Yes, that will be fine. Obviously, you didn’t study Sanskrit in school. You must have studied German or French or some useless foreign language instead.
BN: Dhut ji, the government has proposed an anti-tonsuring law which will make forcible tonsuring illegal. Why?
PK: We respect people of all hair conditions, bald and hairful. However, lately, some misguided people have been forcibly tonsuring people. These people are converted to baldness against their will. We cannot allow such forcible conversions.
BN: But aren’t there already laws on the books which prevent the use of force? Why do we need a special one for forcible tonsuring?
PK: You see people are very sensitive about their hair. It requires a special law.
BN: Really? Well, let’s take an example. Right now, you are picking your nose.
PK: No, I’m not.
BN: Well you were…till a moment ago. Let’s say I was strong and you were weak and that I found the sight of you picking your nose in front of me so disgusting that I forcibly stopped you from picking your nose. It would be torture for you, wouldn’t it?
PK: Maybe. But I don’t pick my nose.
BN: In this case, do we need a law against forcible prevention of nose picking?
PK: Forcible tonsuring is happening across the country. It is a matter of national importance. Don’t compare it to an itchy nose.
BN: OK…moving on. Dhut ji, don’t you think the anti-tonsuring law is unfair?
BN: Well it makes it illegal to convert from hairful to bald, but not bald to hairful.
PK: No worries on that count. When the bill is brought to Parliament, it will ban both forcible tonsuring and forcible hair transplants.
BN: But nobody has ever heard of a forcible hair transplant. This law really just targets forcible tonsuring doesn’t it?
PK: Not at all. We respect all people, regardless of their hair condition.
BN: Dhut ji, how will the authorities determine whether the tonsuring was forcible or not?
PK: Oh that is simple. If the tonsuring victim says that so and so person forcibly tonsured him, that person will be arrested.
BN: But what if the tonsuring victim just shaved his head himself and is lying? What if he has been forced to lie?
PK: Well…there’s no law against forcible lying.
BN: Then do we need a law against forcible lying?
PK: No, no. Of course not.