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Recently during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) there was another minor case of wardrobe malfunction when Debbie, a Belgian model, tripped on the runway and one of her shoulder strap slipped. The press seized the opportunity, so we went around to see how the country as a whole feels about this monumental event in the history of Indian fashion industry. Here are some of the reactions across our mostly wardrobe free country.

indian_middleageman.jpgMr. K. R. Murthy, spokesman for the Indian ministry of culture: At time like this, we all have to remind ourselves that India is a repressive republic. Runway is no place for exposure in our culture. For that we have epics, classics texts, public temple, national magazines, pirated movies, and internet to name a few, and all the foreigners need to respect our tradition. They should not be allowed to sabotage our society by just one slip. Mind you, shoulder is a slippery slope: today it is just a strap; tomorrow it might be the national shame that would slip off our shoulder. If we do not act now it may be too late. What would this nation be without shame?

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In a mere decade, IT revolution has pulled India out of the anonymity of technological backwater and thrust us into the lime light of cutting edge. Technological advancement has touched all aspects of our lives, social or personal. Divorce is no exception: it is no longer served in secrecy with a dollop of shame and generous sprinkling of guilt – it has gone digital. It is reported that a man New Jersey and his Indian wife, who met through online, will use video conferencing for divorce proceeding in March. Here are some of the reactions across our vedic society in the digital age.

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Pakistan has blocked access to the YouTube so that Pakistanis cannot watch an unidentified clip that is considered offensive to Islam. In the process, they made technical mistakes, and YouTube suffered a global blackout. Here are some reactions from the subcontinent.

rashid-qureshi.jpgRashid Qureshi, the spokesman for Pervez Musharraf: We have every right to protect the ignorance of Pakistani people from the propaganda that is disseminated through low grade short clips on YouTube. Propaganda is the job of our government, and we do not need any help from foreign powers like YouTube. It is not a censorship: our media is free to show occasional assassinations, daily bombing, videos made by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, pirated movies from Hollywood. This clip on YouTube poses the greatest threat to the current stability and peace of Pakistan. We would do anything to keep the peace: burn embassies, dissolve judiciary and parliament, and impose martial law.

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Indian superstar Sanjay Dutt, 48, tied the knot with his companion of two years Manyata, 36. It was his third marriage. A fast-track divorce from his former wife Rhea Pillai enabled Sanjay Dutt to marry Manyata early this month. The actor filed a plea by mutual consent citing irreconcilable differences.

When asked about the differences, Rhea said, “Sanjoy wanted to Marry Manyata, and I won’t have it. I could not agree with him. I am still old fashioned and do not like my husband marrying other woman.”

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