The hypocrisy of Indian value systems

In the land where Vatsyana gave the world a treatise called the Kamasutra ( which NOT ONLY deals with the beautiful art of love making, BUT with the art of conducting oneself with the fairer sex…this may please be noted), where the hindu ancient scriptures have venerated the female goddess, Shakti ( Meaning- POWER), it is pathetic to see the ugly face of male  hypocrites in Indian society today.

It may be noted , that ALL priests in the Hindu religion are men, AND like our corrupt political class have realized a long time ago (centuries ago) that in order to maintain their firm grip on the other half of the population ( women) they will keep them subjugated through deliberate illiteracy, lack of access to education and plain terror. Of course, subversion of the written text in our scriptures, by translating that for the uneducated women, through male chauvinist eyes, was the natural next step that perpetrated the exploitation of women through centuries.

Legitimacy to this was granted when the Muslim invader ruled India and finally settled here.

Here are these male priests who lead the prayer offered to Shakti, AND con-volute the written verse to exploit the devdasis in temples!!

Here are these male priests who capture the attention of the congregation, including women, and then go about endorsing their economic exploitation and their sexual exploitation. They have willfully curbed the rights of women, especially in rural India, where a majority of India resides, and where women constitute majority of the illiterate and uneducated !!

Today’s comment by the leader of the RSS, Ram Bhagwat is a telling comment and an expose of the level of perverse thinking of the “leaders” that lead our country.

He is not the only one- lets take a countdown

  • Abhijit Mukherjee- Son of our President, MLA from West Bengal, who has a sister, and a mother, saying that he is an authority on “real” women- their reality according to him is that protesting women are “dented ” and “Painted”!!!
  • Aniwur Rehman- CPM leader who asks the price to be paid to the CM of the state if she was raped!!
  • Cabinet Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya from MP Govt, from the BJP, says women are to blame for men being seduced and eventually raping them!!

These are just some instances that have cropped up over the last 24 hours which are a reflection of the all pervasive perversion existing in the political class in the “modern” India today.

I am now taken back to utterances by Robert Vadra recently, when he referred to our country as a banana republic. At that point in time and with the context, it came as a rude shock to me!! It seemed out of line and in very bad taste and almost arrogant…

And then I go back to the very recent past, when Ratan Tata said that the way things are panning out in India, the way governance ( or is it??) in being done, he would not hesitate to call our country a banana republic- NOW this coming from a person of the stature of Ratan Tata DID NOT shock me, but made me stand up and take notice.

In the light of the contents of this blog and the events of the last few weeks, I could not agree more with the above statements- that India indeed is a banana republic, fit for rule by a one eyed king, in the land of the blind, whose opium is HOPE.

HOPE, that protests will change a corruption ridden , self serving system, serving the neo rulers ( not leaders) of India, led by the political class.

My friends in the US and the EU, please take note of this and think twice before making your investment decisions in this banana republic!!!

The pretense of Indian Democracy

Shiv Khera, noted author and columnist just said in national TV that the Govt. is the biggest terrorist of the Indian people!

How prophetic and taunting testament to our democratic institutions!

I am also reminded sadly of a statement made by Ratan Tata to a journalist on national TV that we are a glorified banana republic! (The context was the lack of governance provided by this government for the past 12 months, leading to policy paralysis…)

My take on our democracy is this…

when the British finally left Indian in 1947, they left behind systems and infrastructure in place that was a bare minimum foundation on which to build modern India.

Our constitution was carefully written, after suitable , and winding , due diligence , with the aim to protect the rights of the people of India and make it holistic in its tenor and spirit. Unfortunately it has been reduced to an old encyclopedia that is perhaps gathering dust some place, with no reflection of the realities of what has transpired over the last 65 years.

Archaic penal laws, going back to the times of the British as still in vogue. Large swathes of our population is either illiterate or ignorant of their rights and responsibilities. The interpretation of the constitution and the rule of law is left to the law makers, the seedy politicians and their chosen civil servants, who are corrupted or rendered subservient to their masters in no time.

This interpretation of the law has been shamelessly used to subjugate the people of this country and to protect the political class at the top. While the fat cats in our parliament enjoy 24 X 7 VIP protection, and other perks that they give to themselves in the name of the common man, AND enjoy the spoils of corruption,  70% of the common man in our country lives on less than $ 2 per day!

If the hoarse cry of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and his followers during the time of the British Raj was against the sheer brutality of the colonial masters, how is the brutality perpetrated by the Indian Govt. on protesters in India Gate any different from what the British did to us then?

The reality stares us all in our faces; we are just spineless to admit the reality.

After independence , the people of India have simply replaced the white colonial masters with brown skinned ones- the hideous joke is on us; our own politicians continue to be smug in the security that our warped twisted laws provide them, and they rest assured that they do not face criminal justice or the right to recall, and hence have the audacity to get away with murder.

And the leading nations of the world call our country a democracy!!!