Last month’s attacks on a Mangalore pub and the aftershocks have caught my attention. It is certainly fun to read the absurd comments and statements made by these self appointed guardians of the Indian culture. But the fact that such senseless talk is coming from the ‘leaders’ of our country has made me think about and delve deeper into the recent events. I’ll analyze the issue objectively as I don’t go to pubs nor do I do anything special on Valentine’s Day.
The first point that comes to mind is that the aim of the attacks is to arrest the influence of western culture in India. Isn’t this the height of hypocrisy? If Obama has a Gandhi poster in his office, we pat ourselves on the back and other places. But if tomorrow Manmohan Singh says that he follows Lincoln, I am sure there will be a bandh all over the country. If Madonna does yoga, we laud her for her health consciousness. But if V-day is celebrated, it is labeled as 'western' and has no place in India. Or when Anna wears a saree, she is cute! But Indian girls wearing western clothes are sluts! If you don’t like western stuff, then why are you using their kind of clothes? In fact one of the pub attackers was wearing a shirt with a caption Texas country! These losers are jobless, frustrated youth who just want to touch women whenever they can. And then they say they are protecting Indian culture!
Besides, culture is a dynamic entity. It has to change and evolve. Else, wouldn’t we still be following the many traditions that have been forgotten over the years? It is just that today with such rapid communication between various cultures, culture is evolving at a much faster rate. May be these tube lights are slow to accept this rapid change. I request all these clowns to go to some remote place in the Himalayas or the Thar Desert and stay isolated from all western influence. They will be happy without us and we will be happy without them! I request Lalu to sanction a 'losers rath' train to take all of them to their chosen destination.
Another thought that comes to mind, when I hear that these jokers want to protect womanhood in India, is the condition of women in our country. Isn't it ironic that these people are attacking some of the few truly free and emancipated women of India? I am not saying that going to pubs implies freedom. I mean only women who are free from all social and financial restrictions can afford to do as they like. The condition of rest of the women in India is abysmal. Their misery starts right from the time they are in their mother’s womb. Female feticide and infanticide goes on unabated. Sex ratio in some districts is below 900! And then we have female illiteracy, child marriages and dowry deaths. So this is Indian culture? Treating women like dirt? I urge these enthusiastic and energetic youth to take up the cause of the downtrodden women in India and show that they truly consider every woman in India as their mother (that’s what they claimed btw).
Thus we have the same old story of some ‘leaders’ trying to gain attention by vandalizing public places on some flimsy and vague moral grounds. And their supporters who are driven plainly by mob mentality. God save our ‘progressive’ nation from such goons who are bent on talibanizing India.