Sunday, August 25, 2013
Are Indians corrupt, rapists, this and that… bloody third world country? No.
Time magazine USA painted Manmohan Singh like the photo above, so what did we do? No, we did not improve. We are still going down but this is how we get even : by painting Obama as an underachiever in an Indian magazine.
That’s the way our head works. You point our faults we will point at yours…as if this is a competition of who gets to be worse!
Today every single media is out to paint India like shit. The world thinks we Indians are bloody third world…corrupt and rapists. From developing country we seem to be pushed into the category of the underdeveloped. Now every Indian with an ounce of patriotism is looking for an excuse to get even just like that above picture! Or else it will harm the nation, they say.
What harm? It will harm foreign investment in all fields from science to tourism. No one likes to put their money into a corrupt and rapist country. Corruption is like robbing and if media reports are to be believed there is not a drop of honest blood in India. So if a country is robbing its own citizens then it will rob everyone. And rape? Well, if you are raping your own citizens then of course you will rape everyone.
Now, who wants to come to a country and get robbed and rapped?
Of course there are good things here too…some of them actually great. can you see the tall buildings in the back?
So, should media be blamed for painting such a shitty picture? I think not. In fact media should be encouraged to paint us in more shit….and for the time being we should just not try to get even!
Before I go ahead, let me tell you I am an Indian and I love my country and want it to be healthy, wealthy and wise in every field. I want to proud that my country is a supper power. ..greater than every single country on earth. I want my country to be a great leader and this and that.
But…In 66 years of Independence India has gone from bad to worse…especially in the last ten years or so. There is some or other scams coming out everyday…massive scams involving millions of dollars and involving everything from coal to sports to food. The condition of women and children has not improved much. Poverty is still rampant. Illiteracy and hunger is still horrific. Inflation has gone to the heavens! There is politicization of everything God, caste, language..…and yet children are taught to parrot “East or west India is best”. But I am no child. I can see the truth.
And the truth:
There are some or the other protest going on somewhere, with thousands of people on the streets, every single day, fighting against corruption, rape, inflation and god knows what thousand problems that ails my country. Every single protest dies under the power of the baton, tear gas, water cannons and the brutality of the highly politicized police, without making a single dent in the minds of our leaders.
The leaders, police, courts,…all investigative agencies have lost respect and become a joke.
Well, the government doesn’t give a shit…it’s continuing on its path to destroy the very fabric of not just democracy but humanity.
So how do we deal with it?
Since we are not cleaning our home ourselves, let media paint us in shit, at least other countries looking at us with disgust might make us clean our home!
Don’t we clean our homes when we have friends, relative or acquaintances visiting us? Yes, we worry about what others might think of us . isn’t moral and ethics build on how we should behave in society....social censure? If our teachers and parents shame us enough we do complete our homework? If friends shame enough even the laziest amongst us cleans the couch!
Maybe if the world insults us enough, maybe our so called leaders especially those wining and dining around the world all suited booted will be shamed enough. If people point us out as robbers and rapists…maybe we will open our eyes to the half naked, hungry , illiterate and pathetic existence of half of our own…maybe our conscience will bite us …. maybe then we will clean our country….since we are not doing our homework let others make us do it.
Yes, we will lose investment in money and goodwill. But then we are anyway losing it. …at least we might have hope of a good future.
And Yes, my hope for a solution is born out of utter frustration but if you do have another viable solution please let me know.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Remember the Dec 2012 gang rape in Delhi? On Thursday a photojournalist was gang raped in Mumbai. Everyone is discussing, again, why, where, when, what is rape? By the time I get to type this sentence there is a rape happening somewhere in this world. So instead of being a smartass and re-discussing what has been discussed a thousand times ….I will tell you a particular incident and leave it to you to think what you are free to, but must.
Firstly a brief about what happens to the society immediately after a rape?
Everyone is shit scared, especially those who have girls at home. Every parent first tighten the curfew limit. Girls/women who used to roam the streets for fun or job or whatever till say 11 PM have to be back home by 5 PM. Everyone naturally gets suspicious of any boy/ man around. It is a natural reaction. Fear has that power on us.
Of course the police is also highly sensitive during these times. They obviously have to save their jobs and get promotions and that is only possible if they suspect every man/boy to be potential rapist and every women to be the victim. So they work extra hours, man the junctions more carefully and watch dark areas more suspiciously.
Now, just like expected after that dastardly rape in Delhi everyone was agitated and worried like hell. Most parents refused to let their girls out after 5 PM and people began keeping out an eye on any boy hanging out with any girl and the police cooperated wholeheartedly.
How did the police cooperate? it's an actual incident.A young couple was standing at a bus stop after 5 PM. A policeman went up to the couple and escorted them to a decent spot close by to his jeep which has more of policemen like himself.
The police threaten the couple and demand to know what they are doing out so late. During the unofficial interrogation the police also comes to know that the couple is having an affair without their parents knowledge….which in India is normal( most Indians do not like to flaunt their amorous instincts in front of our parents.)
The police taking advantage of the situation actually go on like this :
Police: “It’s because of girls and boys like you we have to work three shifts. Do you know how dangerous it is now a days? First you walk like this then something happens and then everyone is crying rape..rape. Stupid people. ”The boy and girl, “Sorry Sir, we will immediately go back home. Please let us go, Sir.”
Police, “Why not? We are here only to do your service while you do timepass behind your parents back.”
The boy and girl have understood what is implies. And the boy immediately opens his wallet and hands over a 100 rupee.
Now, if you are in India (I don’t know the rules of other countries) if you are ever in the presence of a policeman/woman you should ask them directly how much? Bribe, what else? Yes, yes, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed…you can ask them directly and they will tell you. Of course if you are in police station don’t ask directly because there are CCTV cameras everywhere. There you will have to give money in envelope and that too hidden amongst papers or pretend you are giving a wedding invite but on any open road you can give directly. Like I said there is no need to be shy when giving bribe …bribe taking is almost legal here. (By the way bribe giving is illegal..taking if fine)
Let’s get back to the incident : The policemen are offended by the 100 rupee. That rape in Delhi was so big and the fear around even bigger and only 100 rupee? Yuck.
Police: “ Do you know I can put rape charge on you and you can spend the rest of your life in jail?”The boy offers another 100 rupee. Now who wants to go in jail? But 200 rupees to avoid jail?
The policeman is seriously offended: “ What we will do is we will take you to the police station and inform your parents.” He points to his jeep that has about 5 young couples huddled in there.
The boy and girl are pushed into the jeep along with the others.
Everyone in the jeep is terrified. Who wants to go to a police station and then be bailed out by their parents? And that too after the entire country is so god dammed agitated and worried by this and that rape? We can only imagine what will parents do if they catch their children doing time pass behind their backs and that too during such terrible times!
So every boy empties his wallet and every girl empties her purse.
The police lets them go home with a stern warning, “You know there are rapes happening everywhere. You should not stay out so late. Go home now.”
Thanks to these rapes that keep happening, and thanks to the fear these rapes create in the heart of parents, police have become great entrepreneurs.
And a point to note: Do you know the police uniform and the postman’s uniform is of the same Khaki color in India? Maybe that’s why the police don’t know if they are supposed to deliver letters or law.