aristera says

Sunday, February 12, 2006

 
A basic lack of tolerance. People still debating over valentine’s day. Whether it is corrupting the youth of our country? Why it should be banned? I could throw up. Really. Moral policing? In 2006? Give me a break. How can someone define what is right for me? What is wrong? Who decides what is acceptable? Who decides what is obscene? What is unnatural? Huh? Nonsense! Some silly old, frustrated, kinky jerks who think they know what Indian culture is? Can even one of them tell me about the history of the country? The heritage? Am sure they cant. They are blinkered. They should be shot dead. Each one of them. What if person A wants to buy person B flowers, chocolates, cards and take person B on a date? Huh? What is wrong with that? What is wrong if they kiss? Express their love? What part of our ‘culture’ is being compromised here? And god forbid if the person A and B happen to be of the same gender. Shudder shudder. Westrern corrupt values. Kill them? Send them to the West? That has been done at an indirect level anyways whereby queer people have migrated to other more tolerant countries. Gandhian principals of non-violence and tolerance? Are they alien to us? Is that not our ‘culture’? is it not a fundamental-human-right? Huh? You bash-up/ kill people who ‘love’ people who according to you should not be loved by them? If there are any prescriptions as to who should be loved and by whom, then please burn them. Or is there a genocide in the planning to exterminate all deviants? Huh?
Do we not have more pressing issues in our country? Female infanticide? Or forget such irrelevant (relatively) issues. How about basics like water? Food? Education? Dignity comes way below in the list. But we still harp about valentine’s day. D-I-S-G-U-ST-I-N-G.

Comments:
Been off the scene a bit of late.
So a little catching up...

Just saw RDB and loved your take on it. Agree on most counts except maybe that not all indians are the way you think of them. The question of being an Indian doesent necessarily mean you should know each and every moment in history. Whats more important is the future. Sure one needs to know where one is coming from in order to know where one's heading but that cannot be based as a scale. There are some awesome amount of numbskulls in our country - the pseudos. But think again.. what are your roots? Indian? How many of us actually give anything back to the country?

Maybe a heavy does of RDB there.. but its true. I can speak from the defence forces point of view. Being an army kid I have seen numerous people scoffing at the idea of an Army life and the comforts they enjoy. Ignorant fools wont survive a day in places where these soldiers survive months. Indian! My a**!!

Moral policing - Well hey there there... dont go demeaning the jobs of the un-employed. They cant just sit there on their asses and eat from our tax money supplied by these ministers to them. They feed them for a reason. To create havoc. Any which way possible. The un-employed youth of india. Puppets in the hands of the corrupt.

A funny thing happened the other day. I was approached by a beggar on the street and I inspected him closely for any handicap or disability(my normal routine). I found that he was a fit guy to do just about anything he would put his mind to. Spoke to me decently and then begged me for money for some food. As I do to any 'fit' beggar I asked him why he doesent work? Most of them walk away at this point. Some say there's no work and I suggest ideas, after which they walk away anyhow. This one was unique. He started lecturing me about how working is such a waste of time and begging is easy money. I was aghast to say the least. On questioning him more I realised all he does whole day long is beg and at night smoke it away. He then scoffed at me and called me a rat and walked on.

Makes you think doesent it!
 
saurabh - good to have you back.
i dont say it is essential to all about history, but if u make quixotic statements about indian culture, you need to know it well.
i think i give back to the country in my own way. i pay my taxes. i create employment. and i think it is in no way less important than joining the forces or the civil services. i completely agree about the more philanthrophic nature of these jobs and have nothing but immense respect for people who take it up. but at the same time, we civilians (tax-payers) also play an important role.
ps: you didnt comment much on this last post.
 
Well said my dear. Very. Coudn't have said it better...so I'll simply link you for my 14th Feb post :-D You can thank me for the free publicity by cooking me dinner next time I'm in BBay. Pasta, Honey chicken and that olive dip will do just fine..and yes that lovely wine we had that day ;-)
 
Very well said. And though not quite related, have you heard of Paritrana? The political party started by the educated youth... I see the winds of change. High time educated people entered the system to change it...

PS: And do make sure Gee gets the dinner. Although I came here on my own, she has given you ample publicity to deserve that dinner :D
 
Dear Aristera,
In response to your anguish, I am simply going to publish a quote by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), speaking from the stage of the Millennium March on Washington:
"If you dream of a world in which you can put your partner's picture on your desk, then put his picture on your desk and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can walk down the street holding your partner's hand, then hold her hand and you will live in such a world. If you dream of a world in which there are are more openly gay elected officials, then run for office and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can take your partner to the office party, even if your office is the US House of Representatives, then take her to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world."
 
geets - god! the things you do to get that dinner! shame on you gurl. hehe.

casa - hvnt heard of paritrana. but also... not everyone is cut out for activism. i wish i were, but am not.

wild reeds - wow. slowly am doing the same. one step at a time. dont have the guts to do it the whole hog. but am finally moving in the direction. so someday soon i too shall live in such a world.
 
Isn't it true that people have a natural tendency to whine about everything that is unusual and out of the ordinary? V-day phenomenon is a relatively new introduction into India and people tend to talk, abuse and celebrate. But both the push and the pull are necessary to reach a situation of equilibrium, isn't it? So... I guess, debating over v-day is ok. But the lack of tolerance thingie... grrr... very true. I don't want to sound preachy (i hate doing that...) but this is something one of my best friends tells me "if you can leave this place even in a slightly better shape than you found it, you did good with your life". And that, I find is an incredibly tough proposition!
 
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