My head hangs in shame that I am part of such a savage society. That such beasts live in my society and yet I feel so proud of this society.
“Proud to be Indian!”
“Dilli meri jaan”
“Jai Mata Di”
For years I have been seeking my inspiration from these slogans. But this one stray incident has changed my framework upside down. Simply because this was not at all a stray case. It brought our harsh realities bluntly and loudly on our face close to our deaf ears.
Very honestly, now I feel ‘Ashamed to be Indian’. I am still more ashamed that I live in Delhi. And yet more ashamed that people in this part of the world glorify woman as nowhere else in the world.
Mother Vaishno temple is our number one pilgrim spot. Every other day there is a Bhagwati Jaagaran (keeping awake for nights to glorify goddess) and Mata ki Chowki (Motherly feast). And then twice a year we shun all liquor, meat, vices for ten days to please motherly woman. We call it Navaratra where we ‘humbly’ respect, feed and gift at least 11 or 21 Kanyas (unmarried girls) with devotion to re-emphasize that we respect woman of all ages in same manner as we respect our mother.
But the moment we see a vulnerable woman, we show our true colors. All that devotion to mother in each woman is over like a fantasy film. And in reality, we turn savages. Now our intellectual and physical faculties are in full throttle to feed our lust. Its only fear of prosecution that is able to control the beast within us. We would ogle if thats all we can do in public. Or push or touch them in crowd as if it happened by mistake. Scan each woman passing by as if we are appointed to showcase our shamelessness. If we get more opportunities, we would eve-tease. And when even that does not suffice our ever-growing lust, we would turn the capital of country into a rape capital.
And this animal within us is a great commercial opportunity as well. Companies, media, entertainment – all would thrive primarily on one single way of promotion – lust appeal. Motivate each man to give more fire to his lust and motivate each woman to become objects of this lust. The glam-girls and celebrities have lot to earn from this. But in process, they make every common woman in this country of beasts so much vulnerable. And when a shameful incident like this happen, the same commercial agents who thrive on feeding animal-instinct would innocently worry about safety of woman and morality. They would say, “Have lust, but only to that extent that you buy my product or watch my movie!”
It seems like a hogwash everywhere. Those with commercial interests have found a convenient shameless way to justify their misdeeds. And the common society comprising you and me have found an easy way to be lustful without feeling guilty. Simply worship the same womanhood whom you lust in reality as an ‘imaginary goddess’ for few moments in a different form.
And thus we don’t teach our child from very childhood how and why to respect woman. We just would want him to respect his own mother. We would never take it seriously when our child starts showing the first signs of shameless behaviour. Instead we would pride that our laadla beta is becoming so smart. His arrogance is symbol of manliness. His corrupt ways are symbols of his sharpness.
No wonder we are a most corrupt society. We thrive on duplicity. The whole movement against corruption is fundamentally flawed. Because financial corruption is most minor form of corruption. We spend every moment and every aspect of our life drenched in corruption. When we cannot even look at 50% of our population (aka women) without a corrupt thought, how one expects the same breed of criminals to nurture most upright pure-hearted politicians and officials!
We have the political system and political leaders we rightly deserve. We have the corruption and poverty that we deserve. And we have the miseries and failures and frustrations that we deserve much more.
Manu Smriti says that a society that cannot respect women and give them complete liberty is bound to be a haven of scoundrels where only misfortune abounds.
Vedas say that one who exploits women should be hung upside down and severely thrashed. They further say that to be true humans, we should be sane enough to respect the glory in all women – young or old – like mother.
It is high-time we stop paying lip-service to cause of woman by claiming that our culture regards them as goddess. Let us instead start respecting them as humans first. Let goddess-ization of woman not be a ploy to remove guilt from our lust-driven minds.
Let all who claim to be devotees of Mother Goddess – Vaishno Mata, Durga, Kali, Jhandewalan, Ambe, Jagadambe, Shakti – first come down to the planet earth that we live in, to our country whom we call Bharat ‘Mata’ and to rape-capitals like Delhi. And take concrete actions to make this country a safe place for all woman of all ages at all locations at all hours of day and night instead of wasting time, money and energy in organizing chowkis, jagarans and offering prasads. The crude truth is that such events themselves become hotspots for eve-teasing and ogling at women.
Western countries are much more civilized than us. That is why they are more prosperous. Woman there work till late at night, on most remote toll roads, travel alone and yet per capita crime against woman is much lower. They don’t need to have separate seats and compartments for women in buses and trains because women don’t have to fear facing monsters everywhere around.
If indeed we claim to be proud of India or Delhi or our culture, let us first prove by examples. Let us list out what concrete steps we as Devi-Bhakts and Mata-Bhakts are taking to ensure that India is safest destination for any woman.
Specially Delhi/ NCR and entire associated belt should reform itself. It has become a haven of scoundrels full of brazen arrogance and impoliteness. As if corruption and barbarism flows in their veins instead of blood. We have made female foeticide a part of our family traditions and hence no wonder we top in woman-assault and rape cases. Perhaps the politico-economic basis of this region thrives on corruption, cheating, deceiving, selfishness due to status of being national capital. And that is why scam-tainted Delhi is among the most hated and indisciplined cities of the world. No wonder, it is a hell for any woman who wants to live freely and gracefully.
When Delhi Metro came, it gave opportunity for many a perverts to eve-tease women in compartments and stations. Nowhere else in the world, you are forced to deploy security forces at each gate to teach humans how to get inside and outside a train. Things reached such extremes that they had to create separate ladies compartment. But then psychopaths would forcefully enter ladies compartment as well. It is only fear of prosecution that could control the beasts within us. Just a week ago, I had to throw out a couple of animals out of Metro because they could not resist leering and passing remarks on fellow women passengers.
If we really worship Devi, then we should stop wasting money in rituals and instead invest the same in changing the reality of our society. Let us take a stand that we shall allow no oppression on woman. Let us invest in creating awareness, providing security to women, exposing anti-woman elements and taking them to task, and ensuring that no one in our own families ever dares to denigrate a woman even in thoughts.
Any ritual, especially in name of religion is a complete waste if it does not directly and proactively lead to refinement of character and sanskars. In fact it becomes guilty of perpetrating such crimes in society by trying to cover them up in false garbs.
Let even a slightest lewd sight, remark or gesture towards a woman be the most severe offense that we personally take. Let us not glorify glamor quotient of celebrities and become addicts of feeding our lust. If we cannot help eradicating our lust, then better we accept that we are society of savages and stop all this fake drama of bhakti and patriotism.
Agniveer demands harshest punishment for crimes against women. Rape should have one single punishment – death after brutal torture. And even any other less severe form of crime including ogling, suggestive gestures, lewd remarks etc should have severe punishments including public disgrace so that no one dares even think of them.
For ages, we have thrived on denigration of women. And we have already found a way to escape guilt through fake religious dramas in glory of woman. So I don’t know how long will it take to transform animals like us into humans. But till that happens, fear is the greatest tool to tame the beasts.
Let all enlightened ones among us, whose hormones find excitement in noble selfless spiritual intellectual pursuits instead of getting kick from stench of lust, should come to front, become proactive and work concretely to justify our patriotism and pride for culture, instead of just hollow slogans of pride.
Till that happens, till India becomes safest place for women, till Delhi/NCR obtains best statistics on respect for women
Agniveer will no more display any fake pride for its current society and people.
Yes, Agniveer is proud of its Vedic roots that consider woman as fountainhead of all goodness in society.
Yes, Agniveer is proud that it is progeny of Shivaji and Pratap for whom even women of enemies’ family were also mothers.
Yes, Agniveer is proud that it has imbibed the values that respects every single woman of every region, religion or age as equivalent to own mother.
Yes, Agniveer is proud that it hates nothing as much as it hates disrespect towards woman or being neutral to disrespect against woman.
Yes, Agniveer is proud that it completely and boldly rejects as crap and dissociates from all texts, all scriptures, all rituals, all cultures, all traditions, all mindsets , all societies, all entertainment that even remotely consider women as inferior or commoditizes them in any manner.
And hence, Agniveer is ashamed that Agniveer is part of a society that keeps women uneducated, mints money on basis of lust towards women and does not inculcate values of respect and equality for women.
Agniveer promises to be totally committed to destroying this disrespect for women from very roots. It would go to any extent and adopt any means whatsoever to preserve, nurture and strengthen the cause of ‘respect for woman’ until it is able to change this reality and remove this slur from its head.
Till then Agniveer is proud of India but ashamed to be Indian.