June 16, 2013

With power play and authority develops loyalty masked under the name of respect. We are told, respect them for they are elder to you. But you don’t really ‘respect’ someone and nor there is any substance in the concept that one needs to respect someone else (anyone - elders, intellectuals alike).

Nobody ‘needs’ to respect anyone else. Of course you could be nice, but we do it because of our emotions playing darts. And also because we fail to realise that it is loyalty forcefully put in place to make the so-called system work. 

Question the authority, become unsupportive of submission, and you’ll realize why they call it a revolution.

May 4, 2013
After being raped, I was wounded; My honour was not

This is something I came across on Facebook. Thought wordpress is a better medium to post in.

“When I fought to live that night, I hardly knew what I was fighting for. A male friend and I had gone for a walk up a mountain near my home. Four armed men caught us and made us climb to a secluded spot, where they raped me for several hours, and beat both of us. They argued among themselves about whether or not to kill us, and finally let us go.

At 17, I was just a child. Life rewarded me richly for surviving. I stumbled home, wounded and traumatized, to a fabulous family. With them on my side, so much came my way. I found true love. I wrote books. I saw a kangaroo in the wild. I caught buses and missed trains. I had a shining child. The century changed. My first gray hair appeared.

Too many others will never experience that. They will not see that it gets better, that the day comes when one incident is no longer the central focus of your life. One day you find you are no longer looking behind you, expecting every group of men to attack. One day you wind a scarf around your throat without having a flashback to being choked. One day you are not frightened anymore.

Rape is horrible. But it is not horrible for all the reasons that have been drilled into the heads of Indian women. It is horrible because you are violated, you are scared, someone else takes control of your body and hurts you in the most intimate way. It is not horrible because you lose your “virtue.” It is not horrible because your father and your brother are dishonored. I reject the notion that my virtue is located in my vagina, just as I reject the notion that men’s brains are in their genitals.

If we take honor out of the equation, rape will still be horrible, but it will be a personal, and not a societal, horror. We will be able to give women who have been assaulted what they truly need: not a load of rubbish about how they should feel guilty or ashamed, but empathy for going through a terrible trauma.

The week after I was attacked, I heard the story of a woman who was raped in a nearby suburb. She came home, went into the kitchen, set herself on fire and died. The person who told me the story was full of admiration for her selflessness in preserving her husband’s honor. Thanks to my parents, I never did understand this.

The law has to provide real penalties for rapists and protection for victims, but only families and communities can provide this empathy and support. How will a teenager participate in the prosecution of her rapist if her family isn’t behind her? How will a wife charge her assailant if her husband thinks the attack was more of an affront to him than a violation of her?

At 17, I thought the scariest thing that could happen in my life was being hurt and humiliated in such a painful way. At 49, I know I was wrong: the scariest thing is imagining my 11-year-old child being hurt and humiliated. Not because of my family’s honor, but because she trusts the world and it is infinitely painful to think of her losing that trust. When I look back, it is not the 17-year-old me I want to comfort, but my parents. They had the job of picking up the pieces.

This is where our work lies, with those of us who are raising the next generation. It lies in teaching our sons and daughters to become liberated, respectful adults who know that men who hurt women are making a choice, and will be punished.

When I was 17, I could not have imagined thousands of people marching against rape in India, as we have seen these past few weeks. And yet there is still work to be done. We have spent generations constructing elaborate systems of patriarchy, caste and social and sexual inequality that allow abuse to flourish. But rape is not inevitable, like the weather. We need to shelve all the gibberish about honor and virtue and did-she-lead-him-on and could-he-help-himself. We need to put responsibility where it lies: on men who violate women, and on all of us who let them get away with it while we point accusing fingers at their victims.”

- Sohaila Abdulali.

April 23, 2013

I have recently started getting uninterested from applying my mind power on topics like politics, murders, money, sports, news et cetera. Instead, I have gotten inclined towards concepts which govern such fields like power, economy, anthropology, etymology and so on – basically the parent studies. I have also gotten inclined towards understanding myself, personal insights in terms of existence and reality.

However, I am not saying that my sensitivity towards such aforementioned, now seemingly ‘superficial‘ topics has decreased or that I have grown more ‘intellectual’ to acknowledge the practical play and existence of such features of the human society.
It’s just my interest that has shifted, temporarily or partially, I don’t know.

Also, I do not clarify my position of sensitivity to the general view of the world to make clear my intentions or myself, that I am not an irrational or an insensitive person who thinks only about himself. I do not do it to maintain that level of supposed dignity of my existence in the eyes of people.

See what I am talking about?

April 21, 2013

The one inference that comes out of the recent rape case of the five year old, and which can be used as the most powerful counter-argument to all those who give excuses like clothing, drinking, late at night, etc for the rapes which happen, is that this case in not a ‘result’ of any such situation.

It clearly explains the mindsets of such people, who rape, and/or those who give orthodox, superficial reasons for it to happen. 
And it also clearly explains that those aren’t really the reasons. 
No law, no rule, no fast court, no regulation is going to work.
What can work is education, and education alone. 
Dissolution of hierarchical and power structures and the rising prejudices between genders.

I think it’s high time we realised the true causality.

March 21, 2013
An attempt at Typographical Design. The quote is from Watchmen, by Rorscach.

An attempt at Typographical Design. 
The quote is from Watchmen, by Rorscach.

March 18, 2013
People and one-word adjectives

I can’t give people one-word adjectives.

I just can’t. 
Not that I have a moral dilemma governed by the concept of judging a person, or that of stereotyping, or generalization. I just find myself unable to give people one-word adjectives about themselves. I find it hard to tell a person how they are, if they ask me, in one-word adjectives, like ‘sensitive’, or ‘fickle-minded’, or ‘dishonest’, or ‘truthful’.

  1. I think I either need to know the person asking me this, very well, or,
  2. I need to have that straight-forward, no-nonsense, or, practical sense of forming opinions.

The point is, that if you ask me to write a couple of pages on a person, on how I think they are – which again seems a little less – I’d do that pretty easily, or at least very comfortably. I would tell you every little detail of the person, about how they are in what situation (assuming I know them pretty well or I have seen them in such situations) or how they would be, their manner of speaking, their manner of walking, or thinking also – to a certain extent, or at least my assumptions of the same.
Of course, everything is an assumption in the end anyway, but that’s a different matter. For assumptions also, I would again find it hard to associate one-word adjectives with them.

One thing that needs to be noted here is that, all of this difficulty arises with my dissatisfaction, followed by my discomfort, followed by this difficulty of doing it. The governing body is dissatisfaction, not anything else, really. I would rather do an analytical study – in my mind or on paper, mostly in the former – on a person, and then right about them, or at least explain my conclusion, in at least a short discourse if nothing more.

I am not saying that this is a quality of mine, that I am not able to do this, or, that I am better than you in the moral sense of the statement, or that I have more wisdom, or, all of this collaborated, that I am more intelligent than you are. Please don’t go there.

It is more of a defect I think sometimes.
You may call it a disability if you like.

- Gulal Salil

February 11, 2013
Modi Operandi.

There are more evidences of Modi’s involvement in Gujarat Genocide than Afzal’s involvement in parliament attack.
While Afzal Guru faced death penalty, will the hon’ble Supreme Court use the same yardstick for this criminal?

In April 2011, Sanjiv Bhatt - the then Additional Deputy Commissioner of the Indian Police service filed an affidavit against Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat, concerning a meeting involving government responses to the Godhra Train Incident of 2002, in which he claimed to have been present.

In the meeting, ministers were suggesting that the bodies of people burnt alive in the Godhra train be brought back to Ahmedabad before cremation; whereas Sanjiv Bhatt claimed to have suggested the contrary as he feared that it might ensue violence, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the youth wing of the Hindutva-oriented Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Bajarang Dal (BD) had already started causing tensions. 
Sanjiv Bhatt also claimed that Narendra Modi in this meet had asked the police officials to allow “Hindus to vent out their anger against the Muslims.” He also alleged both that Modi told his officials to be “indifferent” towards rioters and said that Muslims needed to be “taught a lesson”.

Sanjiv Bhatt was immediately suspended from his duty with allegations made at him by the government that he had stopped turning up for it in a sincere manner. 
The media was filled with articles and reports of Sanjiv Bhatt vs. Modi - now the prospective PM of India for and by the larger population of India. It has been 2 years since Bhatt filed the affidavit, and today he is nowhere to be seen. 
He is still alive, but suspended and stripped off of his duty and status, and out of people’s minds. 
The mass murderer of the Godhra Riots, the great BJP leader, CM of Gujarat, the new face of the Indian Government, role-model, inspiration against all corrupt,
who could’ve easily stopped the genocide, roams free, while around 30 FIRs are lodged against him in relation to the 2002 Gujarat Riots. 

And we follow.

Gujarat is a state in Northwestern India. 
On 27 February 2002, a train burning in the town of Godhra, Gujarat lead to 59 deaths, most of them Hindu pilgrims and religious workers returning from the holy city of Ayodhya. Local Muslim leaders had been found guilty of burning the train. Riots broke out in the state as the act was caused by Muslims in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus (official figures) were ultimately killed.
Unofficial figures suggest as many as 5,000 killings, most of  whom were Muslims. While it is true that many of the people on the Ayodhya-Godhra train were women and children, unofficial sources and investigations also suggest that most of the people on the train to Godhra who were said to have been ‘pilgrims’, were actually Hindu activists involved in various forms of ‘hooliganism’.
The Godhra riots went on from 27th February, 2002, till Mid-June 2002.
Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat back then. He has been winning for the past 3 sessions now. 
Recently, Narendra Modi went to Delhi, India’s capital city for a speech in Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce. While he was making the speech, there were anti-Modi protestors who had gathered outside the college.
They were met with violence from the police, beaten up with sticks.

While most of the people in Gujarat are Hindus, there is a large, uncounted chunk of Muslims living in a dire state in some small nook and corners of the state. 
While Narendra Modi avoids charges because he has the police in his pocket and power in his hands, he also whisks away from the basic question of morality, which should be raised by us, the people.
He spits in our face, while we hand over power to him. And to people like him.
He throws the so-called development of the state at us, as if doing us a favour, while we fool ourselves, and believe in him, granting him the status of the Anti-Corruption Crusader, a fighter against injustice, the people’s man, who made Gujarat - India’s most developed state. While the Indian National Congress fools us with its innocent public behaviour, the BJP fools us with Modi’s supposed goodwill.
In the end it’s all just glorified agendas, promoted to superficiality so much, that we forget the ground reality. The better people left behind, we just keep searching for minute holes, believing in ‘God’ while we forget the big black dot kept whitened in front of us, being fiercely promoted in our faces. We don’t recognize that. 

It is the Modi Operandi people.

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