While I was seething in my armchair, the youth of Bangalore have found various novel ways to counter the culture terrorists. The latest one takes the cake because it is not the protest march variety but is quite akin to Gandhigiri- instead of the flowers that were sent to Lucky Singh of Munna Bhai fame, this group is urging people to send pink panties to the Sene chief! It seems that they have already gathered good support! The leader of the group says that though they take the threat of these goons seriously, they nevertheless want to show how ridiculous their imposition was and for this they have thought of a gift that shows derision and ridicule. Well, I do hope the sene office is flooded with pink chaddis!
However today somebody has pointed out that women in India used to go topless some centuries ago in India, trying to show how free women were then as compared to now, which argument I cannot completely support. Toplessness does not automatically mean freedom, it would mean freedom when the woman goes topless by her own choice- as when Protima Bedi shed her clothing on Juhu beach sending all into a tizzy- she was truely a free spirit. Till the recent past lower caste women in some parts of South India were not allowed to cover their breasts before upper caste men-thus although they were topless, they signified subordination as the upper caste men had to be given free access to them! So the important thing is women's choice, a woman may choose to be covered from head to toe and still be free and equal because her dress is her own choice and no one is imposing it on her. The question here is of freedom.
There was another small column at the bottom of the page by a confused individual who says that while Hindu women are allowed to roam about with Muslim men, Muslim women are never allowed to 'go on car rides with Hindu men'! His character claims that the Hindu boys will not be allowed to live if they take Muslim women for rides in their cars! So it is a kind of fight between the Hindu and Muslim men with women as the commodity- if Hindu girls are talking to Muslim boys then their should be an equal number of Hindu boys twirling Muslim girls around! I would like to enlighten this confused person that in a free society associations do take place between two adult people and their religions do not matter. And yes I do know of a fewMuslim women who had a romance with and is now married happily to Hindu men. Let me remind this person that there are many more deaths reported of Hindu men and women who have dared to marry outside of their caste. So the villain of the piece are not Hindu men or Muslim men but the Hindu and Muslim brothers and fathers and cousins who seek to dictate whom their sisters/daughters should meet talk to and marry.