What in the Indian Culture?
Three girls were admitted to the ICU of a local hospital in Mangalore, Indian, following the incident of minor girls being beaten up by activists of Ram Sena (A political group, whose leader is believed to be a gunda) The incident took place in a local pub where the girls were reported to be consuming liquor and smoking cigarettes. In a shocking video telecasted on various news channels, the Activists pulled each girl by their hair on to the road before beating them up in public. Leader of Ram Sena, Mr.Whoever he is, declared that the pub culture has destroyed the ethics of Indian society and was a major force in weakening the Indian Culture. It was all over the place, Debates, interviews and what not. People demanded arrest while politicians used this as a opportunity be in the news.
Who defines culture? Who defines what is right and what is wrong? Atleast not the activists or the politicians.. It is the people who define Culture. It is what we do that defines culture and Culture changes. Do we accept it? Not much of it, but yes we have to change to keep with the way the worls is changing. If I say that i will only use Hindi for my communication and oppose lerning of english, I would have been sitting in some remote village wondering why my life is a waste. We accepted the change. Bollywood is another big example.. The way movies are made has changed, The content is also changing and we are accepting it. Culture is defined by us and what we do and i personally don’t think that Indian culture is so weak that it is going to be affected by such incidents. If taking dowry was a part of our culture then why did we abolish it? We accepted what is good and discarded the rest. This became our culture.
Ofcourse what has happened was saddening, but do we learn from it? The way in which Ram Sena decided to take action was wrong. For once the activists, should have reported minors being allowed in the Pub. If I’m not wrong, Women and Men under the age of 21 are not allowed inside pubs. The police then should have checked for the correctness of the complaint, Cancel the license of the pub owner if found guilty. Boys or girls who are minors should have been taken into remand And only freed when their parents took responsibility. this would have made sure that the parents knew about their children’s activities and Ram sena would have done a effective change to the society. But the activists wanted to get noticed by the media. The media also covers events that are of more audience interest, which indirectly points to us being indirectly responsible with the incident.
Are the girls at fault? Yes they are, if they were minors. If not, the girls have complete right and freedom to do whatever they want as long as it is not offending anybody. Who are we to stop them? I personally would not like to see women smoke or drink, but it’s a personal choice and when i can do nothing about it, I choose to ignore. When men can do so? why not the women? valid question, to which i have no answers. It’s a personal choice and i choose to stay away from it.
It’s a change that we don’t want to see. What now? Can we shut liquor shops down?
Personally yes. But when you think about the economics of it, Liquor sale is the major contributor to the taxes and stopping that would affect out economy.
Can we stop allowing women into such places?
We do not want to see strikes..
So What’s the solution?
The solution lies in us. We have to accept the change and move with it. For now, I hope the activists have been arrested and put in prision for the crime. That reminds me.. Indian culture also includes respecting women.. By beating them up, are we not weakening the culture?
“Stop questioning, When you can do nothing about it it’s better not to talk about it” – Kunal 😉
Talking of culture reminds me of a news article i read last night. As reported by the American Radio, People in America are worried about the rising number of teenage pregnacies. The numbers seem to have risen to 44.56% compared to 34% in the year 2007. These numbers are reportedly for teenage girls aged from 14 to 18. America is worried about their changing culture, taking action against what has happened in our country will help us tell the world that we had a problem then and we solved it. I hope we live thorough it.
PS: It was just a quick post, wanted to have something to talk about the incident, please ignore any non sense, Do leave a comment if i made sense. 😀 I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Indian Government for reducing the prices of Petrol by Rs.5. It was a welcome move 😛