Bernie Sanders finds spot at Kashmiri wazwan

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Not always a United States senator is seen around in Kashmiri lanes and overlooking the wazwan preparations. Bernie Sanders just did that as memes of him got a Kashmiri touch.

The viral picture of Sanders in which he is sitting cross-legged on a chair and realistically dressed for the freezing cold, wearing a thick jacket and mittens, at Joe Biden’s oath ceremony this week has become a treat for meme makers.

Meme enthusiasts online have also taken a liking to Sanders’s mittens, reportedly gifted to him in 2016 after he lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and the jacket.
Sanders has made it to historical events, famous artworks, and scenes from popular movies and web-series — the one with him sitting on the Iron Throne, surrounded by the Starks stands out.  
Meme enthusiasts in Kashmir, too, seized the opportunity. He was seen observing the cooking of the wazwaan, the traditional festive cuisine, and warming himself with a kangri (traditional wicker covered firepot) at shopfronts in Srinagar.

The memes were — naturally — also political. In a viral image, Sanders is sitting with Kashmir’s pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and Yasin Malik.

The picture was taken by Getty Images photographer Brendan Smialowski and became an instant hit on social media. Sanders was in attendance at the inauguration of the forty-sixth US President, Joe Biden. 

Hailing from the cold US state of Vermont, “we know something about the cold”, Sanders told the US-based CBS news channel in an interview. “And we’re not so concerned about good fashion. We just want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today,” he said.

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