Beating drunk women in public..

There is safety in numbers so it is always good to be on the side of larger disc1public opinion but what gets compromised in rhetoric on both sides are the facts of the case.There is no questioning that it is unlawful to beat women up in public but it is also true whether we should allow our youngsters to have Alcohal freely that too in the day time in the name of a free society and “pub culture’.What starts as an isolated incident becomes a problem for the society if not checked.I have myself seen scores of teenagers on the streets of European cities wasting away under the haze of cocaine.Have you ever wondered why is drug abuse such a big problem in the west and not as much in India.Face the reality – would you allow your sons and daughters to mix freely in an inebriated state with a confused mind and crazy hormones enticing them to give in to a natural instinct.As in most questions there are no black and white answers but we need to keep looking for them.

The point here is that women should not have been singled out and there could have been more civic ways to drive home the point that it is shameful to be drunk on afternoon when you can indulge in more  constructive pursuits.Obviously politics is not interested in solving a problem but creating it so there could be an agenda for the election.

It is difficult to wish away a culture which has conditioned us for the past 5000 years.Manu,the originator of  Hindu religion observes :

Her Father guides her in childhood,

Her husband in her youth,

and her sons in her old age,

A women is not fit for independance.

Contextual as it may be(Tulsidas had an stressfull marriage) this verse in ramayana also reflects the psyche of Indian mindscape :

Dhol Ganwaar shudra Pashu naari,

Sakal taadna ke Adhikari.

(translates drums,idiots,untouchables  and women need a  beating to set them straight)

and yet another one declares :

Triya Charitram Purushasya Bhagya,Devo na jaanati Kuto Manushya ?

( translates a woman’s character and a man’s destiny even gods do not know so how can a human being?)

While these are not my personal beliefs what I am trying to drive is that all major religions have talked about women in derogatory terms for ages and it will take time for millions of masses to see the dim light of the disc that the young generation can see so conveniently.

For those of you who wish to challenge me I will suggest you to narrate the entire incident in totality to any of the elders in your family and get their views.After all they also vote in a free democracy.Don’t they ?

Get real .It is a clear attempt to polarize vote bank in the lection season.They came on the camera,beat up people doing immoral things(as per them),debated on national television and finally became heroes to some by getting themselves arrested.On the other hand those who were victimised hid their faces and the one girl who turned up also kept saying that “we will go to the Pub,We will go to the Pub – No matter “As if she was going to fight on the border for the country.You see how cleverly the game was played.They should have come out in the open, made their point and taken action against those who used violence.There are ways to humiliate the tormentor.A very good effort has since been made.Pls visit Lucknowi says :

Tere mathe pe yeh Aanchal bahut he khoob hai lekin

Tu is aanchal ko Parcham(flag of war) bana leti to achcha tha

Tu is nashtar(sword) ki tezi aazma leti to achcha tha.

The same hindu religion believes in Shakti to be the originator of all the cosmic energy and even Bramha,Vishnu, Mahesh respect her power.

What have we made of ourselves !!!

sanjy-babaramprasadbismil1I was just now watching a programme on National Geographic on the story of Obama.I have suggested it before too that he represents hope and what is good in us and in voting for him people have in fact voted for themselves.

But then something stark about the contrast in politics in India and the US is that the kind of candidates which run for elections.John Mc Cain lost the election but the fact remains that he is a true patriot and is a highly decorated officer of the US army who fought wars for the country and suffered in prisons for years together.And what have we got to choose from Mayawati and Mulayam – well it is truly a devil and deep sea situation.As far as Lucknow is concerned,this polished,cultured and erudite city which has the distinction of having Atalji as the sitting MP for 3 terms will now have to bear Sanju Baba.

OSHO had once said that there is a big difference in ‘Getting old’ and Growing up.Even non living things get older but a man is supposed to grow up and become wiser with each passing year.Certainly not the case with Sanju Baba- he has committed mistakes after mistakes each more silly than the other as numbers have added to his age.He cannot even get hold of his own life and he is being pegged as the future of our country.What little respect I had for him as an entertainer is also lost.He is ready yet again to put his foot in his mouth at the behest of  an”all talk ‘ swindler.

The question is how lightly do our politicians take us or rather how much liberty do we allow them  to utter non sense everytime they open their mouth.One of them says that she is doing her duty as a human being by allowing criminals fight elections on her party’s ticket and the other thinks that there is no better option in a state of 15 crore people who can fight elections from Lucknow,therefore a dud has to come our rescue.and what if the election commision does not allow a man charged with terrorism Mr Amar Singh ? No problem we have his third wife(and 100 the grilfreind) Ms. Manyata to do the honours.What a bloody Joke? Well Mr singh Obviuosly you are unaware that the MP’s have to debate on issues of national and international importance.What will Manyata do – a raunchy and sizzling dance number to excite the dacoits out of their dens just as she did in a movie.

The best part is  Sanju Baba is so scared of his future and so unsure of his candidacy that he is reaffirming interview after interview that Films will continue to be his main occupation and he will do his Gandhigiri as a side business when ever he has nothing else to do.And the TV channels are running after him and Manyata as if they have decided to land on the moon all by themselves.How non nensical and idiotic can we get.

Tommorow is 26th January and my heart pains when I think about Ram Prasad Bismil writing Poetry on his mother land in a small hamlet in Shahjahanpur( about 150 kms from Lucknow) and wishing for her freedom even if it meant the gallows for him.

सर फ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ू-ए-क़ातिल में है।

What have we made of ourselves !!!