The past few days are buzzing with two important news and coincidently, both involve female. First news is related to controversy related to yet to be released Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ starring an Indian female, Deepika Padukone, and the second news is about another Indian female, who has been crowned as the Miss World 2017, almost after a gap of 17 years.
Look at the irony …no, the more appropriate term would be ‘hypocrisy’. There are reasons as to why I (the educated Indian moron) brought this term intentionally.
Deepika Padukone owing to controversy related to Padmavati has been warned publicly of losing her nose as in the case of another mythological Sri Lankan female from Ramayana. These warnings were given by the self-proclaimed guardian of the society like me (pun intended). Few of the better-civilized guardian than me even went a step ahead and brandished their sword in one of the news studios. Owing to controversy, finally, the release date of the movie has now been deferred voluntarily by the filmmakers. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in its statement (with reference to Prasoon Joshi’s byte to the media) suggest that it needs time to settle the matter amicably and so on so forth.
Now, while all these events are in limelight and most of our prime-time news is focused on these issues of national importance.
There are no First Information Report (FIR) registered.
There are no tweets from any of the Government representatives.
The authorities, the politicians failed to utter a single word condemning the warning.
The women’s commission is also silent.
Let’s move on to the other story…… Manushi Chillar, aged 20 has been crowned as Miss World. Sounds Good! Isn’t it? Well, I welcome the news because it brought laurels to our country and we could watch more advertisement on ‘fairness cream’ (another priced obsession with ‘we’ Indians) with good looking models (including Manushi). Hope, my statement won’t be liable to any action from any of the commission representing women.
Anyways, now as soon as the news broke out our politicians were ready to test the ‘fastest fingers first ‘on twitter. Some branded her as “Haryana’s pride”, few others labeled ‘India’s honor’. I am not saying she isn’t. Few intellectuals were prompt to give the statement that it is the result of much publicized ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’.
Wow! Isn’t it amazing? Amazing because, the state from which Miss World is a domicile, has the worst record of honor killing, female infanticide and secondly, the programme ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’ began just three years ago and Manushi’s age is 20. So you folks are better equipped to comment on this.
One of the politicians was even brutally trolled and women’s commission summoned him just because he light-heartedly used Manushi’s surname to mock the demonetization. I said ‘light-hearted’ because haven’t we made fun of surnames or names of our friends/classmates in our childhood? And that’s the reason why Manushi herself took it sportingly and the issue went to a natural death.
So, for us, a warning to chop off a woman’s nose given publicly is really negligible but a child like comment( no obscenity) makes our blood boil as it is really a matter of National Shame…. We are Hypocrites!!
While writing this piece, I am reminded of another very peculiar example from our own vicinity and daily life. We all worship Goddess Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati and without them, even the worship of their husband is not seen as worthwhile. But, the same ‘we’ very conveniently abuse each other in a fit of anger or jokingly in the name of mother and sister (Hope you got it, what I mean).
Further to this, we tend to seek advice from holy books or spiritual gurus and it is suggested that forget the past and live in the present but practically, as a so-called forward-looking nation (with bullet train etc.), we are still obsessed with our past. Forget ‘swachta’ (cleanliness) of our surrounding, when would we think of ‘swachta’ of our mind.
I rest my case!