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A song and 'naach' about dance halls

Supreme Court order won’t let Mumbai rock round the clock.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 23, 2019, 11.38 AM IST
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Eliza Doolittle’s declaration that she could have danced all night and still have asked for more, would not have found favour with the Supreme Court that has limited their hours of operation, while quashing the Maharashtra government’s imposition of dos and don’ts on Mumbai’s dance halls, playing killjoy to the Maximum City’s version of can-can by mandating a sarkari list of cant-cants — no drinks in the dancers’ area. Observing that such provisos were ‘arbitrary’ and ‘unreasonable’, the court has struck them down. However, the SC’s Cinderella-like rule that the festivities must cease by 11.30 pm might cast a damper on the proceedings.

That the political class should take a dim view of devotees of Terpsichore, the Muse of dancing, belies the belief that our elected representatives have perfected the art of tripping the light fantastic, particularly in an era of coalitions in which it takes two, or more, to tango, and failure to find a partner could leave one doing a solo faux trot. Moreover, having led voters on a pre-poll merry dance of loan waivers and similar come-hither mudras, once in power, our neo-netas are likely to have a ball at the taxpayer’s expense, administering their voters a metaphoric slap in the face. The cautionary nursery rhyme says it all, ‘ Naach karo, bandar,/ Paisa milega./ Paisa nahin, kuchh nahin,/ Thappad milega!
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