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February 12, 2009

Sri Kama Sene and the (p)anty-social fundae

Filed under: My Cup of Socie-Tea,Top Draws — Santhosh @ 8:01 PM

You know, in the good old days, Valentine’s Day usually saw lace panties being gifted to wives, mistresses and girlfriends. But now, in these pub going, loose, and forward times, we’ve resorted to sending pink chaddis to 40-something males. Forget about how extreme right or center-left he is; first check how straight he is before sending him those chaddis. Now that Muthalik has decided to reciprocate all this love by sending sarees for each chaddi he receives, I just hope that he knows what he’s getting into. Women’s fashion is not exactly as simple of rocket science and he may well end up having to set up a new complaint cell – what color is this, crepes went out of fashion ages ago, the flowers in the border are just too large...

As for the SRS themselves, it’s like watching a TR movie – I’d actually be laughing myself silly at them were it not for their actions affecting so many in so direct a manner. If nothing else, the antics of the various Senas have provided enough fodder for our junta to twitter on. The irony is that their convoluted brains have come up with some warped logic whereby it’s perfectly OK for them to oppose Public Displays of Affection with Public Displays of Violence.

Taking a cue from the Ambani brothers, the various Hindutva factions in Karnataka have even entered into non-compete agreements:

  • Bajrang Dal opposes conversions (the work of which, according to the Constitution of India and the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Religion, should be against the law.)
  • Hindu Janajagrithi Samithi works against denigrating Hindu gods in any form.
  • Sri Ram Sene call themselves the custodians of Hindu culture.

Everyone has the right to have a quiet drink in a pub, and doing so is just the same as taking food, eating pizza or licking a cone in a restaurant, pizzeria or an ice cream parlour. Free world, service being provided, basic rights, independence, and all that. We shouldn’t even be talking about this – it’s a no-brainer. I just wish the junta in the various talk shows didn’t shortchange everyone by talking so indignantly of just the right to go to pubs or wear spaghetti tops. It’s a bit more than that – it’s about an individual’s right to decide what he/she wants to do with his/her own time (and life).

However, just a thought here. Blame it on a small-town upbringing, but I’d like to know how many of these twinkle-toed, sharp-tongued ladies (and young sirs) in their teens actually tell their parents they are going out for a drink. Supporting an open society and willing all those supposed philistines to be educated about the new world is puhfectly fine, but then like all things, it needs to start at home. Your parents are the old, doddering, dogmatists stuck in dinosaur-land for someone else, and if you feel so strongly about the whole open-minded thing, it’s your responsibility to sit and ‘educate’ them first. It’s highly hypocritical if you’re scared to talk about this with your own parents (and have to resort to “eating out” and “classmate’s notes”) and yet ask out loud for a more forward and understanding society.

On a side note, what’s with NDTV’s sudden overmuch of original ideas? First it was that mademoiselle Darkha Butt who came up with ‘India’s 9/11‘, and now it is Mayo Sharma with Mangalore’s Taliban. What next? India’s Monica Lewinsky?

As for the pink chaddi campaign itself, I personally don’t expect anything to come of it. Yes, it’s an absolutely brilliant, creative and novel way of making people sit up and take notice. However, I really can’t see anything practically substantive in the crusade, except for lunatics who stock chaddis in pink, and pub owners who’d be utterly delighted at the prospect of all these campaigners deciding to park themselves in their pubs and drink exhorbitant quantities of liquids and beverages (as per their own, um, constitution’s step 3). But as for any actual actions that may make a difference, all the campaign proclaims to do is:

What happens after Valentine’s Day?
After Valentine’s Day we should get some of our elected leaders to agree that beating up women is ummm… AGAINST INDIAN CULTURE.

We all know what happens with such proclamations (it’s called globe in MBA jargon). Note that I’m not against the campaign, all I’m saying is that just creating facebook communities and sending pink chaddis will do nothing more than create some temporal noise, and that’s the easy part for someone who has the finances and the faculties to visit pubs and access the net.

And as for Muthalik, if he isn’t busy giving guest talks on PR and advertising, something tells me he’s out there minting money by selling those pink chaddis himself.



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    Comment by Anonymous — February 13, 2009 @ 2:51 AM | Reply

  2. Seriously westerners business and in the process their money is very welcome but their culture is not. They appreciating and accepting our culture(yoga, architecture, ayurveda, spices, etc) is very good, but we should not do the same!!!!!These are the same kind of people who will tear a theatre down or ban a movie coz of one or two minutes which they(?) find anti-their culture but will do nothing about the pornographic movies which runs in shady theatres right under their noses.What the heck let the whole world laff at us!

    Comment by nayana — February 14, 2009 @ 10:57 PM | Reply

  3. It all boils down to how sensitive each side is. Or how insensitive?

    Comment by Sourav — February 16, 2009 @ 3:48 AM | Reply

  4. what logic is this? if a girl goes to pub without telling her parents, then it is ok to beat her up? who doesn’t do this? then you mean to tell everyone should be beaten up? i think i’m sorry to say this but i cannot accept your point at all

    Comment by Vivek — February 16, 2009 @ 6:59 PM | Reply

  5. and one more point :some brave people have come forward from the rest and have started a campaign to say that we will no longer tolerate being beaten around. so if you cannot join it then at least please dont criticize it. hope you take my point in right way. thanks

    Comment by Vivek — February 16, 2009 @ 7:02 PM | Reply

  6. @nayanaIf we feel threatened by ‘western culture’, wouldn’t encouraging our indigenous goods be a better option than blindly stopping people from choosing non-desi clothing or lifestyle? In marketing jargon, developing and bettering our existing product to retain customers is better than boycotting those who want to try something else and leaving them with no other options.And as for your second part of the comment, yep, I totally agree, though it may take a bit of colour off our streets ;)@SouravDamn, that’s a one-liner for my entire post :p

    Comment by santhosh — February 17, 2009 @ 8:13 PM | Reply

  7. @VivekAll I can say is, you can’t be farther off what I’ve tried to say. The not-informing-parents part is completely removed from the beating-up part. Violence in the name of policing is just plain wrong, no strings attached there. All I said in the not-informing-parents point is if all those who want a ‘forward’ society performed their individual ‘educating others’ roles and were patient (how do you change centuries of ‘culture’ augmented by decades of popular media), we would have a more understanding society.

    Comment by santhosh — February 17, 2009 @ 8:20 PM | Reply

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