Given all the controversy about shipping of large quantities of pink undergarments to my fellow comrades, I would like to point out that my comrades were not deterred. If you notice my costume, I would say some elements are almost off pink, and in this twisted mix of satire and symbolism, I have created a character to reflect the modern Indian psyche.
Symbolic protests work well in certain situations, and it might have worked this valentine’s, but people are far from done with this issue. What the ignorant public has done is turned a self proclaimed saviour of Indian integrity into an internationally acclaimed figure. On the one hand are the people who are sending underwear to protest, on the other front, a sympathetic crowd is silently supporting the cause of AntiUnIndianism. Karnataka’s very own Chief Minister has expressed his disbelief, and I quote
Is it a crime to talk about religion? Is it a crime to infuse patriotism in young minds?
Whats wrong with this whole incident? A bunch of angry people beating up and harassing women in public, an act which receives national attention and increased underwear sales; Has anyone asked what happens to the exact same people when they go home to their spouses. It took close to 4000 pieces of undergarments to protect the rights of about a dozen women, imagine how much the people would need for ( by my rough calculations) 378 Million ladies. Anyone considering investing Jockey?
Someone told me that the law takes domestic violence seriously and books men who beat up their wives. I have heard otherwise. Most people I know say they sympathize with the man rather than the woman, mostly because they are spouse beaters themselves. Claim being, “when the hormones start acting up, you need to beat it down”. Whats more, the great Indian code of conduct, the manusmriti – the book most Indians claim to live by, makes beating your wife seem almost like a man’s fundamental right. Are these the values that we are trying to save in this amoral society ?