Category Archives: Contemporary Issues

Moral degradation in Indian society -Kajal Chatterjee

Source : http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/moral-degradation-indian-society/

The suicidal mindset of attaining “modernity” by sporting “bold” dresses and displaying of “assets”, films bordering on pornography, brute culture of lewd dancing and drinking at night clubs are some of the main reasons behind invocation of the beast in man resulting in increasing incidents of rape and violence against women.  With each passing day India is briskly marching towards the unenviable status of being the worst place for women in the world. The society which mercilessly exploits the female body in the commercial mainstream films and also accords social sanction to those dirty pictures in the name of “art”, treats sexually-explicit dialogues in films and every day vocabulary as a matter of attaining “maturity”, glamorises eveteasing and molestation in the name of “romance” or “wooing” the lady love, religiously uses barely clothed female figures to advertise even a gent’s shoe or shaving cream, projects shedding of clothes as harbinger of “women empowerment”, encourages and glamorises pre-marital sex, extra-marital relationships and one-night stands and certifies those individuals as “progressive” who regularly watch pornography — all in the name of “modernity”; are bound to get morally corrupted to the worst extent possible, thereby endangering the security and dignity of women who have been relegated to nothing but mere  “sex objects”. No civilized person can dare to go through the “mainstream” and “enlightened” newspapers and magazines in front of their children or senior members, thanks to the deluge of semi-clad heroines, party animals and models in almost all pages. During the commercial breaks between cartoon programmes or cricket matches, innocent children are made to view the sexually-titillating advertisements, including that of condoms also! Inboxes of mobile to personal website are continuously being bombarded with offers and pictures of “fun” and “hot” women! Are we marching towards “progress” or retarding towards the dark age! Are the vested interests aware of the fact that the development of the knowledge of making and wearing clothes, to get rid of nakedness, marked one of the essential features of the dawn of civilization? And now the unscrupulous lot, “inspired” by commercial interests, are trying to brainwash the masses to disrobe themselves and retreat to the early ages so as attain “progress”! In such a hypocrite, crude and pseudo-progressive environment, sexual atrocities on fairer sex are bound to erupt.
Thanks to the lumpenisation of Indian society by large section of the media, Bollywood and advertising agencies; the whole country has got fully degraded morally. Suburbs to city centres, urban to rural, New Delhi to Bangalore, Mumbai to Guwahati — the whole country is equally dangerous for women as all parts are equally being administered “shock therapy” through overdose of all things sex and female body.
And all norms of double standards should also be immediately made to an end. India protests only when a para-medical student or a photojournalist of middle class educated background gets sexually assaulted in New Delhi or Mumbai! The “collective conscience” of the nation also gets “shakened” only when girls of upper-middle class and elite vintage get mass molested in Bangalore night club on New Year eve. But when the same crime gets committed on a villager, illiterate, tribal possessing no “social status” or on a resident of other parts of India just like in Williamnagar(Meghalaya) or Barasat(West Bengal); urban Indians, far from protesting, remain engaged in blatant consumerism, Bollywood, Kohli, IPL and philistine culture of night clubs, pubs and discos! The politicians, Bollywood superstars, intellectuals and common  citizens of  India simply don’t care to protest or feel ashamed unless the incident of rape or molestation happens in “glamorous” cities and the victim happens to be of privileged background ! Thus protests which occur by taking into account the class or geographical status of the victims possess no moral strength and sincerity.
Instead of engaging in “fashion parades” by organising candle-light vigils, common people should learn to protest against all raped  or molested victims irrespective of their social status, economic strength or geographical location. The citizens, specially women, should unitedly protest against the “rapists” who continue to “rape” women 24×365 hours annually through sexually denigrating them in films, TV reality shows, fashion parades and advertisements. And the Government of India and that of the states, apart from taking administrative measures to render security to women and nab the rapists or molesters promptly; should not only ban the films and advertisements promoting voyeurism, but also punish its producers, directors and sponsors for commercialising the female bodies and morally corrupting the society as a whole.  Else brutalities on women would continue to occur again and again.
Also life imprisonment should necessarily be implemented in the case of rape as well as molestation. And if she is also murdered or the victim succumbs to injuries, death penalty is the only answer. Else it would get proved that only if a poor caretaker of rural background gets accused of raping and murdering an upper-middle-class girl, does the society find merit in hanging the culprit! This blatant hypocrisy should immediately be brought to an end and all culprits of rape and murder should be hanged till death so as to deter the potential violators of future. The sanctity of the lives of the rapists are certainly not more than that of the hapless victims of rape and murder!
feedbackexcelsior@gmail.com

Advertisements

The bashing of Brahmins and India’s caste-system has an agenda

MARIA WIRTH

Common people in the west know hardly anything about India. But one thing they all know: India has an ‘inhuman’ caste system, which is an important feature of their religion, Hinduism. Most also ‘know’ that Brahmins are the highest caste, which oppresses the lower castes, and worst off are the untouchables.

I learnt this already in primary school, but knew nothing at that time about the concentration camps of Nazi Germany only a few years earlier or about the atrocities of slavery or colonialism. Yet the Indian caste system with Brahmins as villains was part of the curriculum in Bavarian schools in the early 1960s, and it still is today: some time ago I asked three young Germans in Rishikesh what they associate with Hinduism. Their prompt reply was, “caste system”.  Surely, they also had learnt that it was most inhuman. In all likelihood, all over the world school children…

View original post 1,112 more words

Gen Y attacks Bollywood’s duplicity (AIB videos)

I am one of the Generation Y kids. I was born in 1989. Since my childhood, I have been watching stuff in Bollywood movies that has gone against the teachings of my culture, school and family. This incoherence and malicious content in Bollywood movies has always left me confused.

Some of those are : depiction of women as objects, objectification of women for e.g. in item songs, separate shots of various body parts of the actresses (like waist shot, breasts shot, etc. mostly in songs), the male lead continuing to flirt and harass the female lead in the plot even after the lady clearly says “NO“, glorification of alcohol and binge drinking, female lead always playing the role of an second fiddle and “love interest”, dehumanizing of women and larger than life portrayal of male lead, etc.

I want to profusely thank and commend the work undertaken by AIB in exposing and ridiculing these tactics.

Movies have an impact on the psyche of the audience. When a person watches the male lead in the movie harassing and flirting with the women onscreen even after being refused, it translates into crimes against women in real life. These “sophisticated” and literate idiots of Bollywood which includes filmamkers, producers, actors, rappers, etc. destroy the very soul of India with such films.

Indian culture and society is probably the only one in the world where God is  worshipped in female form (Shakti/Durga/Kaali) also. Still, we see crimes against women increasing everyday. Newspapers are strewn with stories of rapes, harassments, acid attacks and what not! Surely, the criminal is not the only one responsible in society. One of the major factors is such movies which have poured venom on our women, on our culture, on our generations.

No doubt, there are many good movies in Bollywood too minus all this BS stuff, but here I am referring to the mainstream commercial movies made for entertainment of the masses. These are the movies that rake in crores and have an impact on the nation’s psyche. Children watch these movies and get influenced by acts in them. A filmmaker has a moral responsibility to expose the ills of the society and atleast not harm it with his/her film. But ofcourse, majority of them do not care about that. All they want is their movie to rake in crores and crores through the use of degrading item songs, flying and burning cars, colourful sets and no-brainer storyline. This is the main reason why people from my generation and the next have moved on to Hollywood movies and American TV shows. Atleast women do not play second fiddle in those and are treated with basic dignity.

The recent exposure videos of AIB calling out on Bollywood’s nepotism, negative portrayal of women, etc. hits at the very reputation of such filmmakers. Atleast now these filmmakers will have a fear of risking their credibility, respectability and maybe even revenue next time they create such movies. And I think it is our duty as members of the society to ridicule such films again and again if we notice it.

Again, congratulations to AIB for this. More power to them. Keep exposing team AIB, you rock!! 

Some of their videos are:-

-Ribhu V.

Significance of Id-ul-Azha

Source : The Hindu (Newspaper)

The Festival of Sacrifice, Id-ul-Azha, is one of the two most important festivals of Islam along with Id-ul-Fitr. It honours prophet Ibrahim for his readiness to sacrifice his son for God in fulfilment of a divine vision, and his son (prophet Ismail) for offering himself willingly. This great act of surrender is celebrated by Muslims through the symbolic slaughter of an animal.

The Prophet sacrificed one goat for himself and his family. However, the Koran informs Muslims that animal sacrifice is not a propitiatory ritual, for neither the blood nor the flesh of the animal reaches God.

The original teachings of Islam do not equate the idea of sacrifice with animal slaughter, or expressions of formal religiosity. In 3:92, the Koran explicitly states that a person cannot attain true righteousness (birr) until he purposively gives away what he loves the most. One of the meanings of birr is ‘ampleness’, which in the context of 3:92 is a reference to the large-heartedness of a person, that is, the extent to which he is willing to sacrifice for a just cause something he himself needs.

An example of this is found in a Sahih Bukhari hadees that narrates how Companion Abu Talha after listening to 3:92 wanted to donate for the Prophet’s reform movement one of his prized date palm gardens, but on the Prophet’s advice distributed it among deserving relatives. This shows that real sacrifice lies in selflessly committing ourselves to the service of the underprivileged. In the prevailing circumstances the best hady that Muslims could give is the gift of education to poor children.

-A. Faizur Rahman