I am not sure whether to welcome this statement or not :
NEW DELHI: Turning the iconic freedom struggle slogan “jail bharo” on its head, Minister of State for Women and Child Development since Renuka Choudhary on Thursday suggested that the only way to tackle the moral police was to launch a “ pub bharo andolan”.
Choudhary has been at loggerheads with the Karnataka government for failing to protect women in the aftermath of the Mangalore pub attack. Not only were women beaten up in a pub last month but young girls have received threats warning them not to wear “noodle straps or tight jeans” and celebrate Valentine’s Day. She added that the youth could cock a snook by going to pubs in droves to make their point.
When I read it, I had an overwhelming urge to oppose this andolan; not because I am against pub culture, but because by taking matters in our hands, we are submitting to the fact that the state governments cannot curb the menace of moral watchdogs. By being at loggerheads with the saffron brigades, we run the risk of being part of the problem as perceived by a state government rather than the victim, something the administration would gladly welcome.
But what else are the youth supposed to do if not this ? I have no answer.
On a lighter note, a friend remarked on the Mangalore incident, “Sri Rama Sena ? Doesn’t that mean they are a band of monkeys ?”
Link via Nikhil.