Saturday, September 25, 2010

Presidents without Ties

Suit and tieImage via Wikipedia

Russian leaders are known to enjoy capitalism and evade democracy. Similarly, some leaders like adorning business attire and yet shun wearing ties. So what is wrong with wearing tie with suit? Does the tie have a religious significance that has to be avoided? Is this not like saying “I like drinking soup but avoid eating meat”. "Hilibka macuni laakiin fuudka waan cabbaa". Does it make any sense wearing shoes without socks? Does wearing tie make one ugly, irreligious, or apostate?

The skirt is said to have originated from people of Gaelic or Celtic origin. But the truth of the matter is, the skirt remains the oldest human fashion. In ancient history skirts were made from animal skin or from tree leaves. The skirt is worn in many modern cultures like in Scotland where it is worn by men on special occassions like festivals. It is worn in Yemen, in Indonesia, and even in Somalia where men's "macawis" has the shape of a skirt.

We learn from the history of fashion that the skirt worn by women was first discovered by a very clever Englishman who was a tailor by profession. He created the skirt after seeing the streets of London full of women who lost their husbands in brutal wars. He wanted the few remaining men to be attracted to the multitudes of widowed women. This clever art increased the number of girlfriends and boyfriends. So, every woman had at least a boyfriend.

When a Muslim president representing an entire nation wears suit without tie in front of hundreds of delegates converged on an international arena, one is made to think that the president in question is improperly dressed. How about wearing shoes without socks in the same arena? It wouldn't make sense, isn't it?

We know the suit originated in Europe, most probably in England and that it is the most internationally accepted attire in any international setting. If one can wear a scarf around the neck, then, what is wrong with a neck tie?

For sure there is an unsubstantiated and suspicious religious ethic or edict behind shunning the tie. Some attribute the tie to have been created by an ancient Christian monk who wanted a universal fashion for the adherents of Christianity. If that is the case, then why wear the suit that came from a European land dominated by Christians? I'm sure doubting Tom has no credible answer for the above question.

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