In our daily communication, we all use some phrases which we don’t think twice about. One of the very commonly used phrases is “Kya re, Alibaug se aaya hai kya?”. An Alibaug resident Rajesh Thakur has now filed a petition to the Bombay High Court to ban the use of this phrase, which offends and humiliates the residents of the Alibaug.
Rajesh Thakur is a businessman from Alibaug and has heard the phrase at several meetings he attends. As per his petition, the phrase is used in Maharashtra to address someone who is considered “foolish” or “naive” and is “highly objectionable”. The petition states that the coastal town of Raigad district is known for its tourism. There is a rich cultural history to Alibaug and it has a higher literacy rate compared to other villages in the district.
The petitioner has asked the Bombay HC to ban the use of the phrase that ridicules the residents. “Every time the petitioner hears this dialogue, he gets hurt sentimentally. This phrase always makes an adverse emotional impact on the petitioner and every person of Alibaug,” the petition reads. It states that despite having such a rich history, culture and active tourism it is not fair to brand the people as illiterate or someone who does not have any understanding or common sense.
The hearing on this petition is likely to begin after two weeks. It also states HC to issue directions to the state government, Directorate of cultural affairs and Central Board of Film Certification to stop using the offending phrase in any Bollywood movies, Marathi films, serials and comedy shows.