The Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, recently stated in its editorial that the burqa should be banned. Saamna justified its stand after a burqa-clad lady stole a baby from a civic hospital
Herve had said he chose India and Mumbai in particular, because India was the first country on his route out of the Arabsphere. He had chosen Mumbai because the French consulate is in Mumbai.
A couple of months after Herve's story appeared in this newspaper, he sent me an autographed version of a book about his escape called Escape From Dubai (he now lives in Florida). I think to myself, how ironical that France has banned the burqa. Herve, a Frenchman (though he was in Dubai) used the burqa to escape.
Now, it is even more ironical that Shiv Sena called for a burqa ban here, as Herve's escape route was from Dubai to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Herve's story, which is too long to recount here, proves the adage; fact is stranger than fiction.u00a0u00a0