Losing focus: Moral policing

A fable:

Nationalism – He cut it, she wore it.

First it was Sachin Tendulkar.
Now it’s Mandira Bedi.

There was a cake that had the Indian flag on it.
A saree was designed with 16 flags of the countries participating in the CWC 2007.

He cut that cake.
She wore that saree, with the Indian flag located near her feet.

Verdict:
He disrespected the country.
She disrespected the country.

And now there are charges against both of them. Are the law enforcers in the country succumbing to the whims and fantasies of the ones seeking publicity? After Tendulkar’s cutting-the-cake came the Gere-Shetty episode and now Bedi’s insulting-the-flag is the limelight of the so called moral police.
It would fall on deaf ears if I mention the unending list of things that need fixing in the country. Corruption, rape and female infanticide to name the top few. And while I was writing about this – a thought crossed my mind – the moral policemen have decided that the reason for rape in the country is actually provocative dressing by women. So the main culprit is not anatomy of the male genitalia, instead it is the choice of dressing by women.

Is the country’s attitude slowly becoming irreparable?
Have we veered off the path to overall development by defining obscure and ridiculous things as a basis of discipline… what’s happening of this country where whistle-blowers are being mercilessly killed or having their lives ruined by the ones in power?

On a completely unrelated note, the sari looks awful.
And my comment on Tendulkar and the cake – when we put a birthday boy’s picture as icing on his cake – are we insulting him?

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7 Responses to “Losing focus: Moral policing”
  1. Cloud minus Nine says:

    “the moral policemen have decided that the reason for rape in the country is actually provocative dressing by women. So the main culprit is not anatomy of the male genitalia, instead it is the choice of dressing by women.”.
    coke, very true. i thought so abt rape earlier in the same lines, but well, would add that u have to be a psycho to actually commit a rape…so probably women dressing provocatively is just a instigation for the psychos around. anyways, mandira bedi did look awful….will have to agree to tht…

  2. Kokonad Sinha says:

    Thanks for agreeing with the logic… it kind of reinforces my argument. πŸ™‚

  3. Wanderer says:

    true… the indian media badly needs a change in focus, and the public needs better things to do πŸ˜›

  4. Deepika says:

    u betcha..it does!!

  5. Amrita says:

    such dumb crap… and now they’re saying the cake wasnt really that faithful a reproduction and nobody can say for sure that Tendulkar cut it so it was all just nonsense. Didn’t we already go through the cricket tamasha when some busybodies were like, hey there’s a flag on the helmet and the helmet goes in the bag with the rest of the gear like shoes so desh ka ghor upmaan, etc etc? Somebody buy these people a life.

    btw, are you a reader? If so there’s a tag you might be interested in πŸ™‚

  6. Roshmi says:

    The shortest route to fame: “Piggyback” on a celebrity….. its symbiotic and it “pays”….. then start a “political party” and resort to “(im)moral policing”….. thats the ticket to achieve “immortality” in (and for) the media… πŸ˜‰

    RoshmiΒ΄s latest blog post – Piggy-Wiggy: "To err is human, to forgive divine"… Or is it _ _ ine… ?!!

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