With Mumbai dance bars making a comeback soon, no one is more happy than Dance Bar Association President, Manjit Singh Sethi, who spearheaded the cause for reopening the dance bars since 2006. (He had filed a petition in Bombay High Court on the behalf of Mumbai dance bars.)
Sethi, who had also lent his support to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his cause for a Jan Lokpal Bill, is a self-proclaimed ‘krantikari‘. His belief is that no large-scale movement can be successful only on the basis of non-violence; a struggle is equally important.
In an interview in 2011, he had said:
“Any large-scale movement can never be successful only on the basis of non-violence. Militant struggle is equally important… I want to be a krantikari as it’s not a title but a feeling. The role of Bhagat Singh in the country’s freedom struggle was as important as that of Mahatma Gandhi.”
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After the 2006 ban, Sethi shut down his dance bar, Karishma, and opened a restaurant in its place.
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Some of these restrictions are:
Sethi was externed from the city of Mumbai in 2007 for alleging that an aide of then Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil had approached him and asked for bribe to withdraw the ban on dance bars.
But even as the dance bars do reopen, Sethi might not be back in the business. The success of the family restaurant he opened has been perhaps one of the reasons.