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While bloggers, media, all sane human beings and Renuka Choudhary have been blasting the Sri Rama Sena (translated as “A band of monkeys” with some inputs from history), only Rediff has shown the courage to delve deeper into the issue. What they have come up with is an article called : Did India export The Kiss to the West?
Behaviour analysts are also divided on where the habit originated. Some believe that kissing, in fact, is a Vedic habit. Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist from Texas quoted in the International Herald Tribune, believes that the first recorded kiss, around 1500 BC, is in scriptures which mention people sniffing with their mouths; later Vedic texts describe lovers “setting mouth to mouth”.
Far from being a European import, he says, kissing went west from India, after Alexander’s conquest of Punjab in 326 BC. If such is the case then the Romans and Latins, whose kisses range from the overtly sexual to the deeply spiritual, are truly the kissing cousins of the Aryans.
So there you go SRS. It is not the West that is corrupting us, it is the other way round. So you need to be moral policing the West !
On a more serious note, a campaign that has been doing the rounds lately : The Pink Chaddi Campaign, a Consortium of Pub Going, Loose and Forward Women. If you have a spare Pink Chaddi to send to the SRS, please also join their Facebook thing. I am eager to join not just to support their cause, but to see if there are any guys who have a Pink Chaddi. Also, from their campaign snap, I think the campaigners might be confusing between the RSS and SRS as they are different. One goes around beating helpless women in pubs, the other is denied entry to pubs owing to their costume.
Link via Salil B.
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.