Cross your legs and don't hope to fry

Sometimes, the only way to counter an inane order or argument is to actually look up whether it has any basis in reason or law. Whether it’s a cop telling you not to click photos of a bridge for ‘security reasons’, or a shop floor manager telling you not to touch what’s on display ‘unless you buy it’, inane rules have made life easier only for robotic people from the dawn of rule-obsessed time.

Verging into dogma, these made-up rules took root because of being unquestioned and deemed as gospel. Like not accepting anything but cash unless buying goods above a certain amount; not turning the air-conditioner on in the cab ‘during night rides’, etc. One such dogma – to not sit cross-legged while attending court proceedings sounded like another hare-brained hand-me-down. One that was found to be bakwaas by Bengaluru RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy.

In a landmark, well, discovery of information, Murthy finally got a clarification from the public information office of the Karnataka High Court that, unlike what a obsequious constable had told his friend in front of an officer’s chamber, no rule exists that prohibits sitting crossed-legged in front of government officials, no matter what rank or caste.

Silly rules need ripostes. And there could have been none better than ‘It’s okay to sit cross-legged’ coming out 12 days before International Yoga Day today.


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