Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Che Shoes: Indian communists see red

The practice started in antiquity when images of first enemies then lovers were carefully printed on footwear. The former could be symbolically crushed with each step and the later would ensure the image of a loved one followed your very footsteps. The recent fad to include popular figures in shoe designs has proved popular but then shoes with the image of Che Guevara appeared in an Indian shop recently they nearly caused a riot. Kannur (Cannanore) is a city in the the heartland of communism in India and communists have never been too happy at the idea of incorporating one of their heroes into fashionable clothing. When the ‘Che “ shoes went on sale recently members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) vigorously protested at the shop. The public affray attracted the attention of the police. Now the shoes have been removed the authorities are left scratching their heads as to which law has actually been broken.

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