So 2nd of April was a day that will go down in History. After all India won the world cup. Amidst all the celebrations there were tons of facebook messages and "news" articles about Poonam Pandey. Well her celebrity gimmick did not shock me or move me as much as the retaliation she had to receive at the hands of our great Indian junta,various political and religious groups.
"Indian women are revered and respected since time immemorial. We have a tradition of Sita, Draupadi, Jijamata, Queen of Jhansi, Tarabai Holkar, Savitri Phule, Ramabai Ambedkar, Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla and many more."
Really? We are so respected that no one bats an eyelid about female infanticide, preference of male child, eve teasing, molestation, dowry, rape, abuse.... There is no end to this list.
All this talk about respecting a woman in a country where women are merely second class citizens even in educated households.
All this in a nation which has recorded the maximum hits on pornographic sites.
All this in a nation where Kamasutra was born and temples are filled with carvings of semi nude men and women.
All this in a nation where even educated and not to mention "boys from good families" lament over not "sighting" pretty air hostesses in flights and further go on to blog about their sad fate.
I remember once amma telling me( I was about 12) that boys/men will not respect girls/women if we behaved in a loose( joke/flirt) manner. Well if respect has to be conditional then I guess its not even respect is it?
We are nation of hypocrites and even if we win the greatest of battles and bring home the worthiest of victories, everything will slowly lose its luster, thanks to the darkness that rests in our souls.
p.s- Thanks Raaga for sending the note:)