After the sudden night-time eviction of the Baba Ramdev-led anti-corruption gathering from New Delhi’s festival grounds, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party sat in protest from Sunday evening at Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi. Over the last day news channels have been airing footage of BJP senior politician Sushma Swaraj dancing at the site.
Ms. Swaraj has said she is shocked that television stations aired the footage of her dancing, rather than highlighting other parts of their daylong protest against an action the party has called undemocratic and repressive, comparing it to the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, when British soldiers shot on an unarmed gathering in a garden in Amritsar and to the Emergency era of the 1970s, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent scores of political opponents to jail.
In general, the phrase “dancing on someone’s grave” has a connotation of taking pleasure in someone else’s demise. Although Ms. Swaraj was not dancing on the Mahatma’s grave—the freedom struggle leader was cremated not buried after his assassination in 1948—and she was dancing next to the memorial, not on it, the Congress Party insisted this was still a breach of etiquette.
Via: India Real Time