Every other day I read about the so called extreme right wing organizations issuing diktats against women wearing Noodle straps , pub culture or women drinking . I have 3 questions..
Partying is not a special right for any one. Everyone has right to party. You can’t chase people on roads and beat them to preserve culture.
India is the largest democracy in the world. We govern ourselves according to the will of a majority of people. If noodle straps or “pub culture” or women drinking is against our culture, there should be a civilized debate over it in a public forum. And if there are enough merits supporting the case that the pub culture is bad or that women drinking is bad or against our culture, it can be enacted into a law. This is the right way to approach cultural issue or any other issue. There is no place in our democracy for issuing diktats. Extremists and the so called “leaders” with an obviously misdirected and personal agenda are the Taliban of India and we should strongly reject their agenda and protest taking culture into their hands. They are not the upholders of our culture.
If drinking in a pub is OK for men, it should be OK for women too. A woman going to a pub for a drink should be able to handle herself without expecting protection from anyone. The ‘pub culture’ is a little hazy. If it means there shall be no restriction whatsoever on dress code and various other public behavior, it is wrong. There is a law against exhibitionism and indecent exposure – by both men and women. A person can’t violate this law claiming ‘fundamental freedom’. Freedom is not absolute. Anybody living in a civilized society is subject to norms of acceptable civilized behavior. If anybody has problems with it, let them have the law changed in a democratic way. Until then, obey the law of the land.
Governments have vote bank considerations and are not able to take action against any moral brigade. Why can’t these rulers see things from National interest angle? National interest must be supreme in the mind of every Indian.
Extremist leaders do not understand the meaning of freedom and culture and liberty. They are trying to propagate is orthodox culture. Culture is never static and changes with time. The culture we have today will not be there after 40 years and the culture that was there 60 years ago is not there today. In my grandfather’s days none of the men used to wear trousers and wore lungis or dhotis. I wonder why these culture preserving extremists wear trousers! How can you preserver something that is meant to change.
Extremist leaders have a serious lack of maturity. They do not realize how they get their salaries or how they earn their money. Today for any person money comes from ECONOMY and economy is a result of global commerce , to be successful in global commerce in a long term you need to have meaningful innovation , to have solid innovation you need to have free culture , free culture is the way. You restrict the culture you kill the progress.
There is a famous saying ‘A common man believes in religion , a wise man calls it false , a politician call is useful. Religion is opium for masses and these guys have had an over dose of it.’
I am sure after 3 to 4 generations when all these old-traditional people will die their natural deaths, we will see a new free India
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