By Anuradha Prasad
When I first heard about the Mangalore pub incident, I was not surprised. Ever since the BJP came into power, as glad as I was to see the Gowdas go, I felt some apprehension. ‘Moral policing’ and communal conflicts always seem to ride on BJP power.
However, it was later, when I watched the videos that captured this disgusting act, that I was horrified, angry and sickened. The government’s lack of immediate action, the speeches against ‘pub culture’, the lack of remorse about what they are doing in the name of ‘morals’ left me indignant.
I feel it’s time we stopped using the term ‘moral policing’ when these acts occur. There is no moral involved in it. It is just a bunch of wimps masquerading as goons who attack unsuspecting women (or couples) with muscles rather than brains or logic. “The Idiots Strike Again” would make for better headlines.
We need to redefine Indian culture or rather stop it from being butchered and misused. We need to educate these idiots.
Maybe it’s time we brought on a Durga Sena to combat a Ram Sena. Maybe it’s time we armed ourselves with hockey sticks and jumped on these unsuspecting morons and beat them black and blue.
Gandhiji was a teetotaler but no one told him to be one. It was his choice. He spoke against the British as they were forcing their authority on us. That should tell us something. With these incidents, these groups are inflicting their unwanted authority and their personal choices on us.
I feel so frustrated as I write this, moving back in time, walking a path already walked again and again and again, instead of moving forward and meeting new challenges. We need to focus on illiteracy, poverty, exploitation and corruption. We have our work cut out for us. Instead they ban music, pubs, clothes and human rights -– not just women’s rights but basic human rights.
Anuradha Prasad works as a content writer for a movie-based website. She likes words and music and is deeply interested in people, and the boundaries between individuality and society.