Journalist Shekhar Gupta, who entered the prestigious Bangalore Club in his usual 'handloom cotton kurta-pyjama' was asked to leave, in a manner, he wrote, "That felt rude even to me, a shameless reporter trained to gate-crash where not expected." The "Fab India kurta-pyjama" headline grabbed eyeballs across social media, as Gupta described his experiences as he got up to get more ice.
“One important-looking manager type, in a uniform so seriously ill-fitting it looked like something he had bought from a kid brohter in a shaadi waala band, came charging up," he wrote. The waiter questioned Gupta's choice of attire and left, only to return a moment later, saying Gupta must leave because "other guests are objecting" to his attire. "Why change the one corner of a former colonial field Winston Churchill would still be proud of?" he remarked, sardonically, at the end of his column.
Twitter, however, refused to show him solidarity. "Why do you have to always break the rules and then cry victim," one user demanded.
In another tweet, a user named Udayan Bose said, "There is a dress code that operates in every club... no point in intentionally disobeying and then crying out as a victim." In September 2015, the government produced the Karnataka Entry into Public Places bill, which said that no person wearing Indian traditional attire should be denied entry into any public space. The law, however was stalled before it was brought into effect.