Monday, April 30, 2007

A bibiliography I read

State Of Fear- Michael Crichton.

Inevitably and not-so-eventually it dawns upon you, after being the passive(or not?) recipient of the stuff that the 24 hr news channels dish out, how utterly jobless everyone is.
Yourself included.

Richard Gere is awarded with a non-bailable arrest warrant for kissing Shilpa Shetty on her cheek, on stage. How dare he impune our sadiyon-purana-mahan culture! Case karo. Putla jalao.

Mandira Bedi will face summons soon for wearing a saree that had our flag in the 'below waist' part. Gundeki hattukovalisina jateeya jendanu tv anchor Mandira Bedi ghoram ga avamaninchindi. Palu deshala jateeya jendalu vunna tana cheeralo mana jendaku matram kalla deggare chotu dorikindi. Case karo. Putla jalao.

Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan have charges pressed against them for their vulgur onscreen kiss in Dhoom-2. Bharateey sanskriti ka apmaan hum nahi hone denge.Case karo. Putla jalao.

Oh yeah, Sachin Tendulkar also has one to his name. A case filed against him for disrespecting the nationa by cutting a cake decorated in our national colours, at a party arranged by the Indian Commissioner to Jamaica. Case karo. Putla Jalao.

All hail the torch bearers of our culture and heritage, the watch-dogs of our jateeya-abhimaan.

Then there are those that ought to incense you.
I have learned not to underestimate the power of desensitization.
It is personal, in more ways than one and than ever before....but still.,

Women deemed unfit for permanent commission by the Armed Forces. For another 10 years at least. Forget the combat forces, we are talking about the officer cadre here. They flout chain of command. Are a liability after marriage. Seek preferential treatment. Ask for more leaves and soft postings.

-Safety? what is that?-
A woman was gang raped in Palika Bazar,one of the most crowded places in Delhi. The owner of the shop and his employee took turns to rape her.

A man was acquitted after his step-daughter withdrew charges of rape citing that she was a consenting partner.

-Domestic violence-
A woman was recovered today after 15 years of imprisonment in a dingy bedroom. Her parents gave a hefty dowry during her wedding but the demands continued post marriage. Her parents died some 14/15 years ago and the money flow stopped. So they tied her to a bed with iron shackles, tortured her and subsequently imprisoned her in that room for the past 15 years. Wails and screams were often heard but inquiring neighbours were turned away by the mother-in-law.

-Education or financial situation doesn't help-
A call center employee was picked up from her office by her husband and a friend of his. He attempted to rape her and she protested. He assaulted her, then threw her ( almost unconscious) somewhere on the road. She is in coma now,with 28 serious injuries.

Of course there are also several others that belong to the 'not the first time, not the last time' category.

An eve-teasing incident involving a girl and 4 boys from different 'sections' of the society sparked off a,what has become typical riot complete with police complaints-stone pelting-mass gathering-dandas in hand-beating up the 'others'-police-tear gas-10 rounds of fire-x killed-y injured.

A pastor was attacked and brutally beaten up by the VHP and Bajrang Dal activists. Religious conversions.

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray ordered party workers to burn James Laine's biography of Shivaji, which allegedly has derogatory comments on the Maratha king."If this book comes out in the market, burn it wherever you find it. This is my order," Thackeray was quoted as saying in the party mouthpiece Samna.
Bombay High Court ...what is that? Law...never heard.
Why?...crushed Maharashtrian pride

A school principal in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha town sprinkled cow urine on his students to purify them from the touch of Dalits.

Alas! This has turned into a gist of 'whats wrong with us' news.

One of those days when you loose faith in all the romantic notions you grew up with,the promise in those books and movies,the glorious words...the 'human' word with all its suffixes,the alleged attributes.
It doesn't take much to turn one into a blood-sucking monster, does it?
A cause that was construed for you?
An ideal that is almost vulgar?
Provocation in the name of religion?
An urge to feel victimized?
This has to say something about the way we are.
Also taking the feminist angle from before ... it is quite amazing that barring one or two tiny matriachal societies, all the societies from East to West...however different culturally
economically or socially had one thing in common....male chauvanism and abuse of women.

Not to worry...just a brief bout of cynicism.

Here,for some respite,absolute hilarious stuff.

Rahul Gandhi says his family gave us independence,divided Pakistan into two and marched us into the 21st century. And the big one...'Babri' would have not happened had a 'Gandhi' been in power.
It is inaccurate,naive and illinformed at so many levels that it is absolutely funny.
And they say...yeh lo..yeh tumhara future hai. To think of it.

Congress leaders want Narendra Modi to take a Narco test.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had arrested some women on charges of obscenity from the famous Nauchandi Mela (fair) area.However, when the women were brought to the lockup, the policemen decided to have some fun as well, forcing the women to dance inside the lock up.
Although this qualifies for the previous category...I couldn't help but laugh when it was aired. Silly.

"I sometimes look around and wonder how could GOD have let all this happened....
Then I remember that GOD has left this place long time ago."
"When was the last time the world wasn't falling apart?" Leonardo DiCaprio-Blood Diamond.

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