On democracy, hypocrisy, morality and bullying blockheads

The immoral police have struck again. While the issue may seem comical to a few people, I can say that it is anything but that. For, it was this very PMK which viciously hounded actress Khushboo a couple of years back; and it is this very PMK which occupies the health ministry in the form of Anbumani Ramadoss, a man who is more famous for his unending duels with AIIMS, the medical student community and Shahrukh Khan than anything else, and who relates the (heavily upper caste) media’s attacks on him, not to his actions, but to his caste. But the verbal attack on the newest victim of immoral policing, Shreya (she is anti-Tamil culture because of the short dresses that she wears), is a symptom of a deeper malaise that has struck at the very root of Indian democracy.

India is free from the British, but its constitution, laws and political parties are still caught in a Victorian-era time warp. What India has, as defenders of its morality, is a bunch of people who go about enforcing their perverted ideas of culture and religion and who seem to enjoy unrestricted access to the parliamentary and legal systems. They are able to intimidate their victims using the power of the state – a case of legal terrorism, this, and if that is not possible, they can always depend on their willing army of unthinking brutes who don’t have a problem getting physical to make their point.

These people who run political parties or are members of the same, who have sworn allegiance to the constitution of India, who have taken oaths claiming that they will protect the rights of the people of the country – the right to life and the right to free speech among others, then go about systematically falsifying every statement of theirs. A government which decides what its citizens should eat, drink, see, read and wear, or lets mobs enforce such diktats while it watches on like Dhritarashtra, is not a democratic one. It is a hypocritical one. The one good thing about hypocrisy is that it has no place to hide, because it stinks! And the person trying to hide it is visible to all.

A country that lets bullies and blockheads tell it what to do signs its own death warrant. And that is what India has done. It has let people who don’t give a damn about freedom, rule over it. Subjective ideas like morality have been provided legal definitions that encroach upon the freedom of the very people who should define it. I have said it many times and I say it again. If Veda Vyas were to write the Mahabharata today, he would be thrown in jail for writing lascivious and prurient stuff and for showing disrespect towards a particular religion. That is the pitiable state we find ourselves in. And we deserve it!

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  • Abhishek  On February 9, 2008 at 12:46 am

    The moral policing in India is sad indeed. Unfortunately things have been going downhill in the US lately too!

  • aristotlethegeek  On February 10, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Sad? It is revolting. In my opinion, these people should not be called the ‘moral police’ but exactly the reverse. Had enough of surrendering the moral high ground to a bunch of hoodlums.

  • you12  On September 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t understand? Why would Veda Vyas will be arrested?

  • aristotlethegeek  On September 7, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Bigamy, polygamy, polyandry, babies conceived out of wedlock (niyoga), disrobing of women, showing gods in bad light, prejudice towards a particular caste (Drona vs. Ekalavya), glorification of Sati…the list goes on.

    Ved Vyasa would be treated just like M.F. Hussain is today – the government would probably say that the epic lacks literary merit and hurts people’s feelings. Incidentally, know about the furor created by Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer?

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On September 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    i don’t understand how sati’s a big problem like most seem to be making it. if it’s really happening as “an everyday occurrence” as some pro-religious morons claim then it would have been really easy to point out 10 quick cases of sati in the last 50 years now wouldn’t it??

  • aristotlethegeek  On September 7, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I know of one famous incident – the one in Rajasthan. Don’t know about the frequency, but you can never say what some people in rural India do. Basically, its all about property. Kill the widow through “Sati”, and the relatives can usurp the property.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On September 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    i googled and wiki’d around for hours on sati and i didn’t find anything except 2-3 cases which were written by someone trustable. most were written by pro-islamic/christian websites which claimed it as an everyday occurrence. but the topics on “kali” were really funny.

    definitely, who knows what the rurals are into these days. but sati is a ritual. burning a women by villagers accusing her of being a witch and sati and very different things. misleading.

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