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Leave the west out of it!

11:27 AM

Fortunately the Delhi gang rape from last month is still making ink flows in Newspapers, and using some kb in the blogosphere, and I am all for it, don’t let the issue die the way that 23 years old girl did, honour her fight and make a change.
That said I am still irked by those who blame rape and crimes against women on the West and its influence in India. Once again this is the good old finger pointing game India is so good at it that is at play. Once again criticism cannot be tolerated by some and the need to reject the fault on a third party arise. In the past 9 years I have lived here, I have seen this game played a lot, I even witnessed it at a discussion panel organized by the TOI in Bangalore, the topic of the hour back then was the traffic jam and road conditions in Bangalore, the purpose was to get the authorities and the media together to discuss the situation and what could be done constructively to solve the issues at hand. It was a 3 hour long discussion in which not one of the single government body in charge wanted to even acknowledge that the situation was as bad as it was, and it was always another’s body’s fault not theirs. The only one at that discussion panel offer concrete and simple solutions was the Commissioner of Traffic Police, who said that fining and punishing will not solve the problem, what the city needed was some education on how to behave on the road. Sadly his solutions got lost in the discussion, but I was for myself glad to see at least one person make sense.

But I'm digressing here, my apologies. The issue at hand right now is how half of the country (actually less than half considering the alarming gender ratio) is treated in the country. India may be referred as Mother India, but she too has apparently wished to have sons over daughters.
Over the past 2 weeks I read a lot about this rape, the good the bad and the ugly, each is entitled to their opinion of course, but here I am left to wonder why oh why it is that when anything cannot be swept under the rug people blame the West? Hasn’t India won it’s independence over 60 years ago? Doesn’t that mean India as a country has the power to make their own choices and mistakes and should therefore be fully held accountable as an individual body when mistakes are made? I see a lot of ridiculous aping of Western culture going around here, actually some of the worst from it at times, but no one even shoved it down Mother India’s throat or threatened her with a gun to do so, it was her choice, as poor as it was India is to blame, not the West.
The movies and serials have been criticised for the longest time, and in the past 9 years more and more edited. We have no reached a ludicrous level at which innocent fart and butt jokes are cut out of Richie Rich (a kid movies), words like “Beef” edited out of Friends to make these English Channels “Appropriate for family viewing in India” Nothing wrong, I actually agree, if India is offended by certain things by all mean cut it out, but why only in English movies?
In Richie Rich there is a scene in which Richie poke a class mate on the but with his fencing sword that took the cut on WB channel….fine…but then why oh why SRK slapping Kareena Kapoor’s butt in the song Chamak Chalo is not cut? If you don’t know what I am talking about, I posted about that song last year when my daughter was made to dance on it for the schools annual event and you can watch the clip there.
Butt slapping that I might add is considered eve teasing in real life…which has me wondering what kind of message is given there.

It’s also the odd that songs like Sheila Ki Jawani aren’t edited out of the movie when airing on TV, but Jamie Lee Curtis pole dancing in True lies is. Again, I agree where the pole dancing in that movie might be a bit too much for family viewing, but most of Bollywood item numbers are as bad if not worse. Some of these hip thrust and gyrating look like soft porn, and in the Evil Morally Low West, these dance move do not leave the confine of strip club. But yeah the fact it’s a product of Mother India then a bunch of people air-humping each other in a mayhem of sequins is far more appropriate for a 3 years old to watch and emulate. Heck it’s apparently even deemed cute to have kiddos dance these choreographies in reality TV shows. And before some of you go invoke the finger pointing game and tell me that the West is no better with Toddlers and Tiara.
Agreed, Toddlers and Tiara is crass, and is heavily criticised in the US where it airs.
The point is that just because US or any other Western country is doing something tacky, crass, and morally discussable it doesn’t mean India doing it is fine. It’s the good old very childish behaviour of a kid caught red handed doing something bad that replies “But so and so is doing it too”…the appropriate reply from a responsible adult to such finger pointing is usually something along the line of “If so and so decides to jump off a cliff, would you do it too?”

India, time to wake up, stop the blame game, when you have an opportunity to shine and be a bigger person than the other countries around by creating better laws, just do it. Don’t go saying stupid things like “But they have a lot of rape case in US too” Rapes are demeaning, crass, disgusting, and a crime there too, so instead of reminding the West they have crimes against women too, just grow up, and do something about the dirt in your own home! Introspect instead of finding a scapegoat to blame your own wrong doings upon. The world will show you a lot of respect if you pull out of this mess with flying colours.

5 comments

  1. A man2:59 AM

    Right on. Delhi rape was the sum total of everything that is wrong in India. Improved laws and increased policing will not make the country safer for women. As long as there exists female foeticide, the practice of dowry and a million other things, men will always consider themselves as superior beings.
    Gender equality is a joke, Women can produce life which makes the men inferior and this inferiority complex has played a big role in the domination of women by men. This inferiority complex made men destroy woman's genius, talents, capacities so that he can prove superior to himself and to the world.Man and woman are neither equal nor unequal, they are unique and the meeting of two unique beings brings something miraculous into existence.

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  2. Right on. Delhi rape was the sum total of everything that is wrong in India. Improved laws and increased policing will not make the country safer for women. As long as there exists female foeticide, the practice of dowry and a million other things, men will always consider themselves as superior beings.
    Gender equality is a joke, Women can produce life which makes the men inferior and this inferiority complex has played a big role in the domination of women by men. This inferiority complex made men destroy woman's genius, talents, capacities so that he can prove superior to himself and to the world.Man and woman are neither equal nor unequal, they are unique and the meeting of two unique beings brings something miraculous into existence.

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  3. A Merican Punjaban PI5:08 AM

    I try not to get started ranting about the Bollywood item songs. Some of them are down right filthy and would not be seen in family programs here. I usually fast forward most of these dances because they resemble soft core porn more than entertainment. You can tell these dances are meant for men and they do nothing but promote a more sexually frustrated society. You can't have this kind of sexual frustration and a distorted view of women's values. We're seeing that now with the horrific rapes that are being committed. I hope something good comes of the recent incidents. India needs to do more than has done in the past.

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  4. These item song don't even bring anthing to the storyline of the movie. I think what disturb me the most yet once again is the blantant hypocrisy and use of double standards, they are quick to blame women wearing shorts for being morally loose, cut butt jokes out of english movies because the West need some lesson in morals, but it can be 10 times worse in desi movies and it's still fine...ugh!

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  5. I touched the topic on changing the mindest toward women and girls upbringing in a previous blog entry. Men and Women wil not be equal in how they think and what their role are in creating a life, but equality should be when it comes to daily activities, if a man can roam the street safe, so should a woman. And a boy should not be told cooking and tending a house is a girl activity while playing outdoor is a boy one.
    There was an article in yesterday's paper pointing out the inferiority complex of men in India and their being unable to deal with rejections from women or the fact they are now active in the workforce, that stems directly from the upbringing I mentionned in my other post where growing up they've been constantly shown that boys are worth more than a girl. Then they go into the real world and see an India where women are becoming more independant and they freak out :-( there is no need for that, a woman may carry life for 9 months, but she can't create this life without a man, and it takes two to raise a child into a responsible human being later on.

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