In the long writing career, spanning over nearly two decades, I got many chances to interact with enlightened minds and share with them a piece of my mind in matters pertaining to critical issues. A long back ago when I was regular contributor for The Statesman’s Viewpoint Column ( Calcutta Edition), I came in touch with Jeremy Seabrook who was then writing for one of its popular columns.
This conversation related with falling standards of education system took place after I came to read his article” Learning Revisited” published in The Statesman on March 14, 2005.
Your write-up is an eye-opener, allowing one to reckon with the hidden facets of education. I am appalled at the manner in which institutions offering so-called gems of knowledge, which in reality are antithetical to creative tendencies lying latent within the recipients, have solidified their base. One reason for it could be that parents are now no longer interested in “value-oriented” teaching methods, simply because it stands in the way of attaining ‘name and fame’. No wonder this could be the reason behind the mind-boggling network of coaching factories, which are making huge profit in the name of offering conductive atmosphere for cracking the entrance tests.
This attitude of parents has brought a sea change in the attitude of present day students, who weigh everything in materialistic yardsticks or, in other words, in rupee:dollar ratio. After all, who has time for values in the fast-paced life of ours! The real quest for supreme knowledge would always remain a distant dream in absence of change of mindset, especially the parents. Well, it’s never too easy to change mindset without giving way to measures mired in transparent means. What has guaranteed failure of projects in this regard has been wide gap between theory and practice besides infrastructural bottlenecks. Let’s realize that mere propaganda is not going to solve this issue.
Unfortunately, this is what both Left and Right wings are used to. Their stances, diametrically opposite to each other, have wiped out the vigour of those wishing to make worthwhile contributions, so much so that if one does not yield to their outdated notions one is bound to invite troubles of all sorts. The message is clear: Rise above ideological fanaticism to stop the degradation of education system, something so imperative to prevent the innocent minds turning into robot.
Vivekananda rightly remarked that ” education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and run riot there, undigested, all life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas”. Will anyone please translate this into reality?
Jeremy Seabrook’s Viewpoint:
Many thanks for your helpful and kind e-mail. Indeed, education has become not an end in itself, noble and worthwhile, but an instrument for material gain and industrial conformism. In this sense, of course, the educational system is only an emanation of the society that produces it, and an expression of the social values and mores of which it is a symptom. Intervention for change involves a complete change in the social and moral structures of globalism-no small thing, but a project we should not abandon simply because of its apparent attainability.
About Jeremy Seabrook:
My first book was The Unprivileged, 1967, the story of my own family, a path breaking oral history from the late 18th century to the 1960s. This was followed by City Close-Up, a portrait, through the words of the people, of Blackburn in Lancashire.
In the 1970s, I wrote What Went Wrong? Working People and the Ideals of the Labour Movement; a book which, when published in the USA, was sub-titled Why hasn’t Having More Made People Happier?
Mother and Son, a memoir, appeared in 1980, and an indictment of Thatcher’s Britain,Unemployment, in 1982.
Work on India and Bangladesh followed, notably, Notes from another India and Children of Other Worlds, a comparison of child labour in nineteenth century London and present-day Dhaka in Bangladesh. My book, Love in a Different Climate, described how male same-sex relationships in India differ from those in the West.
I have contributed to most major newspapers in Britain over the years, and have written for Granta. I am a regular contributor to New Internationalist – which has published three of my books in the last decade, most recently Consuming Cultures: Globalization and Local Lives. I write for Race and Class and Third World Resurgence, based in Penang, Malaysia.
More About Jeremy Seabrook:
“He became an associate honorary fellow at the University of Bradford’s Department of Peace Studies 1995 to 1998 and an associate at the Institute of Race Relations, UK, from 2004 onwards.
He has made several documentaries for BBC radio and TV on social, environmental and developmental issues.
Since 1963, Seabrook has written for publications including: New Society, the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, New Statesman, New Internationalist, Race and Class, Third World Resurgence, Third World Network and others.
He has also written over 40 books, including;
Travels in the Skin Trade – looking at the psychology of western men who travel to southeast Asia for sexual adventures (Pluto Press).
A World Growing Old – the implications of an ageing population, north and south (Pluto Press).”
Courtesy: The Guardian
The Statesman ( Kolkata Edition)
“Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion.”
It’s amusing to note that in any controversial issue the general lot never takes a proper stance. The so-called peacemakers try to convey the impression that various parties involved in any contentious issue do have valid reasons to pursue their respective rights. That’s not called resolving the issue or defending the right of weaker lot-the harassed lot. It’s not hard to sense that when you start playing safe, taking a neutral stance, you are prima facie defending the accused.
Worse, when the the wrong forces emerge as peacemakers, the situation goes out of control since they never let right arguments to prevail. They see suppression of viewpoints, ideas, beliefs, arguments as a mean to ensure peace! After all, arguments in their eyes, escalate the tension! However, the truth is that shrewd manipulators avoid arguments to prevent themselves from getting exposed. The point is that if people learn to argue well in any issue by deciding well whom they actually represent, the bothering issues would soon get resolved. The issue remains unsolved because the cowards, the gutless souls, acting as peacemakers play politics in name of offering amicable solutions.
Separation sometimes becomes the fate of a cherished relationship. On most occasions, the inherent contradictions, operating in a relationship, lead to untimely demise of the relationship. If that’s not the case, the societal pressure, resting on the vilification campaign of the petty minds, paves the way for parting of ways. The thing that really hurts is that factors ensuring the break-up dominate the life’s cruel drama. However, the positive elements involved into the making of new relationship, after the break-up, never operate with the same pace, the way negative elements led to dissolution of previous relationship. Building a home is difficult affair than bulldozing a well-built home!
Ravana, used shrewd means, to abduct Shree Sitaji, which was an easy affair. The abduction part was an easy task. However, Lord Rama had to enter in dangerous war with Ravana to ensure the freedom of Shree Sitaji. It’s really stunning that shrewdness-an aasuri pravitti (demoniacal attribute)- has now become synonymous with intelligence in modern times. On the contrary, the person exhibiting simplicity, representative of Lord Rama’s persona, is seen as representative of dumbness. The dominance of this sort of understanding is really baffling. People justify their shrewdness in name of battle of survival!
However, the pangs of separation, is never easy to bear. It does manifest, no matter, how hard you try to keep it confined within chambers of heart. When used constructively such depressive mood leads to origin of great literature, but the ordinary mortals- the greater lot- succumb to lesser means or, for that matter, give way to annihilation of life-force. Well, let’s learn to drink poison like Lord Shiva, or if that’s not possible then let the molten lava of emotions flow. There is no point in holding back the strong emotions.
बसंत ऋतू का आगमन हो चुका है। बहकना स्वाभाविक है। गाँव में तो फगुआ की बयार बहती है। ग्लोबल संस्कृति से सजी संवरी शहरी सभ्यता में क्या होलियाना रंग, क्या दीपावली के दियो की ल़ौ की चमक। दोनों पे कृत्रिमता की चादर चढ़ चुकी है। या तो समय का रोना है या फिर महँगाई का हवाला या फिर जैसे तैसे निपटा कर फिर से घरेलु कार्यो/आफिस के कामकाज में जुट जाने की धुन। त्यौहार कब आते है कब चले जाते है पता भी नहीं चलता। ये बड़ी बिडम्बना है कि त्यौहार सब के लिए दौड़ती भागती जिंदगी में टीवी सीरियल में आने वाले दो मिनट के ब्रेक जैसे हो गए है। सब के लिए त्यौहार के मायने ही बदल गए है। अलग अलग उम्र के वर्गों के लिए त्यौहार का मतलब जुदा जुदा सा है। और मतलब अलग भले ही होता हो लेकिन उद्देश्य त्यौहार के रंग में रंगने का नहीं वरन जीवन से कुछ पल फुरसत के चुरा लेने का होता है।
इन सब से परे मुझे याद आते है कई मधुर होली के रंग। वो लखनऊ की पहली होली जिसमे कमीने तिवारी ने मेरी मासुमियत का नाजायज़ फायदा उठाते हुए और लखनऊ की तहजीब की चिंदी चिंदी करते हुए मुझे रंग भरे टैंक में धक्का देकर गिरा दिया था। बहुत देर के बाद एक गीत उस तिवारी के लायक बजा है हर दोस्त कमीना होता है। तिवारी का नाम इस लिस्ट में पहले है। ये इतना मनहूस रहा है शनिचर की तरह कि हर अनुभव इसके साथ बुरा ही रहा है। बताइए बैंक के कैम्पस के अन्दर छुट्टी वाले दिन बैंक की चारदीवारी फांद कर हर्बेरिअम फाइल के लिए फूल तोड़ने का आईडिया ऐसे शैतानी दिमाग के आलावा कहा उपज सकती थी। गार्ड धर लेता तो निश्चित ही बैंक लूटने का आरोप लग जाता। वो तो कहिये हम लोग फूल-पत्तियों सहित इतनी तेज़ी से उड़न छू हुएं कि इतनी तेज़ी से प्रेतात्माएं भी न प्रकट होके गायब होती होंगी। गाँव की होली याद आती है जिसमे गुलाल तो कम उड़ रहे थें गीली माटी ज्यादा उड़ रही थी। पानी के गुब्बारों से निशाना साधना याद आता है। सुबह से सिर्फ पानी की बाल्टी और गुब्बारा लेकर तैयार रहते थें। याद आते है वार्निश पुते चेहरे, बिना भांग के गोले के ही बहकते मित्र, गुजिया पे पैनी नज़र। ये सब बहुत याद आता है। अपने मन को धन्यवाद देता हूँ कि मष्तिष्क का अन्दर इन यादो के रंग अभी भी ताज़े है।
स्मृतियाँ तकलीफ भी देती है और आनंद भी। इन्ही स्मृतियों में भींगकर पाठको को होली से जुड़े कुछ विशुद्ध शास्त्रीय संगीत पे आधारित ठुमरी/गीत जिनमे अपने प्यारे राधा और कन्हैय्या के होली का वर्णन है को सुनवा रहा हूँ। ये अलग बात है कि मेरे मित्रो के श्रेणी में इन गीतों को सुनने के संस्कार अभी ना जगे हो लेकिन इन्हें स्थापित उस्तादों ने इतना डूब कर गाया है कि अन्दर रस की धार फूट पड़ती है। कुछ एक गीत चलचित्र से भी है, अन्य भाषा के भी है भोजपुरी सहित। इन्हें जैसे तैसे आप सुन लें अगर एक बार भी तो मुझे यकीन है कि संवेदनशील ह्रदय इनसे आसानी से तादात्म्य कर लेंगे हमेशा के लिए। और इसके बाद भी यदि शुष्क ह्रदय रस में ना भीग सके तो उनके लिए जगजीत सिंह का भंगड़ा आधारित गीत भी है। सुने जरूर। ह्रदय हर्ष के हिलोरों से हिल जाएगा।
1. रंग डारूंगी, डारूंगी, रंग डारूंगी नन्द के लालन पे (पंडित छन्नूलाल मिश्र)
पंडितजी को सुनने का मतलब है आत्मा में आनंद के सागर को न्योता देने का सरीखा सा है। बनारस की शान पंडितजी से आप चाहे ठुमरी गवा लीजिये, कजरी गवा लीजिये, या ख्याल वो सीधे आपके रूह पे काबिज हो जाता है। ये किसी परिचय के मोहताज़ नहीं और ईश्वर की कृपा रही है कि प्रयाग की भूमि पर इनको साक्षात सुनने का मौका मिला है। ख़ास बात ये रहती है कि ये गीत के बीच में आपको मधुरतम तरीकें से आपको कुछ न कुछ बताते चलते है। और इस तरीके से बताते है कि आप सुनने को विवश हो जाते है। खैर इस बनारसी अंग में राधा जी ने अच्छी खबर ली है कृष्ण की। मुझे नारी बनाया सो लो अब आप नाचो मेरे संग स्त्री बन के। सुने कृष्ण का स्त्री रूप में अद्भुत रूपांतरण राधाजी के द्वारा होली के अवसर पर।
संध्या मुखर्जी को मैंने पहले नहीं सुना। इस लेख को लिखने के दौरान इनको सुनने का सौभाग्य मिला। बंगाली संगीत में निपुण इस गायिका की आवाज़ मन में घर कर गयी। उस्ताद बड़े ग़ुलाम अली खान की शिष्या बंगाली फिल्मो सहित हिंदी फिल्मो के लिए भी गीत गाये। इस शास्त्रीय गीत को सुनने के बाद आपको राधाजी का किसी बात पे रूठना याद आता है। कोई शिकायत जो अभिव्यक्त होने से रह गयी उसी की खीज इस गीत में प्रकट हो रही है। दर्द है तो प्रकट होगा ही। इसमें कौन से बड़ी बात है लेकिन ये क्या कि आप फगुआ की बयार में बहने से इन्कार कर दे? शिकायत दूर कर के होली जरूर खेले मै तो बस यही कहूँगा।
होली पे मुझे तो वैसे अक्सर ये गीत “होली आई रे कन्हाई” (मदर इंडिया) याद आ जाता है लेकिन ये गीत कम बजता है। बहुत मधुर गीत है। व्ही शांताराम के फिल्मो के ये विशेषता रही है कि भारतीयता के सुंदर पक्षों को उन्होंने बड़े कलात्मक तरीके से उकेरा है हम सभी के चित्तो पर। नवरंग के सभी गीत बेहद सुंदर है जैसे “श्यामल श्यामल वरन” और “आधा है चन्द्रमा रात आधी” लेकिन कृष्ण और राधा के होली प्रसंग पर आधारित गीत कालजयी बन गया। कौन कहता है कि भारतीय स्त्री बोल्ड नहीं रही? देखिये क्या कह रही है राधा इसमें जिसको जीवंत कर दिया संध्या के सधे हुए नृत्य की भाव भंगिमाओ ने। महेंद्र कपूर और आशा भोंसले ने गीत में स्वर दिया है। संगीत सी रामचंद्र का है और गीत हिंदी गीतों को शुद्ध हिंदी के शब्द देने वाले भरत व्यास का लिखा है।
नदिया के पार ने ऐतहासिक सफलता प्राप्त की थी भोजपुरी में होने के बावजूद। रविन्द्र जैन का गीत और संगीत मील का पत्थर बन गया। और यही से भोजपुरी संगीत ने एक नयी उंचाई प्राप्त की लेकिन ये अलग बात है उस मूल तत्त्व से भटक गया जिसके दर्शन इस फिल्मो के गीतों में हुए है। भारतीय फिल्मो में गाँव कभी भी असल तरीके से प्रकट नहीं हुआ। ये कुछ उन विलक्षण फिल्मो में से एक है जिसमे गाँव ने अपनी आत्मा को प्रकट किया है अपने कई मूल तत्वों के साथ।
इस गीत को सिर्फ इसलिए सुनवा रहा हूँ कि इस गीत में मेरे गाँव का स्वरूप बिलकुल यथावत तरीकें से प्रस्तुतीकरण हुआ है। इस में दीखते रास्ते, पगडण्डीयाँ, खेत, नदी बिलकुल अपने गाँव सरीखा है। गीत के बीच में आपको पालकी पे विदा होती दुल्हन भी दिख जायेगी। क्योकि पालकी पे सवार होकर कभी दुल्हन को विदा होते हुए होते देखा था सो इस युग में जहाँ पे सजी धजी कार में दुल्हन को भेज़ने की नौटंकी होती है वहां ये दृश्य आपको बिलकुल भावविभोर कर देता है। खैर गीत सुने जो बहुत मधुर है ऐसा शायद बताने की जरुरत ना पड़े। ये बताने की जरुरत अवश्य पड़ सकती है कि गीत को गाया है हेमलता और जसपाल सिंह नें।
मनोज तिवारी की आवाज में ये भोजपुरी गीत मन को भाता है। ये अलग बात है कि गीत को भोजपुरी गीतों में व्याप्त लटको झटको जैसा ही फिल्माया गया है। वही रंग बिरंगी परिधानों में कूदती फांदती स्त्रिया जो गीत के साथ न्याय नहीं करती प्रतीत होती। फिर भी हरे भरे खेत मन में उमंग को जगह तो दे हे देते है। भाग्यश्री “मैंने प्यार किया” के बाद लगभग गायब ही हो गयी। मैंने प्यार किया जैसी वाहियात फ़िल्म मैंने देखी नहीं सो बता नहीं सकता कि ये टैलेंटेड है कि नहीं लेकिन जहा तक इस गीत की बात है गीत में इनकी उपस्थिति से चार चाँद तो लग ही रहे है लुक्स की वजह सें। खैर इतने दिनों बाद देखना इस एक्ट्रेस को और वो भी एक भोजपुरी गीत में एक सुखद आश्चर्य है।
लारा लप्पा “एक थी लड़की” से बहुत ही सुंदर गीत है। इसी के खोज में ये जगजीत सिंह का ये पंजाबी गीत हाथ लग गया। इसको जगजीत सिंह ने जिस चिरपरिचित दिलकश अंदाज़ में गाया है उतने ही कमाल के तरीकें से इनके साजिंदों ने बजाया है। निश्चित ही सुनने योग्य गीत अगर आप चाहते है कि आप का दिल बल्ले बल्ले करने पे मजबूर हो उठें। वैसे इस गीत के शुरू में मजनू ने अपनी लैला को काली कहने वालो की दृष्टि को गरियाया है सभ्य तर्कों के साथ वो भी सुन लें। हम तो भाई मजनू से बस इतना ही कहेंगे कि जो बकते है उनको बकने दो काहे कि “यथा दृष्टि तथा सृष्टि” ( जैसी हमारी दृष्टि होती है, वैसी ही यह सृष्टि हमें दिखती है)
During one of the conversations with close friend Carmen, who happens to be a gifted conversationalist, the idea of men wearing skirt came to haunt my imagination. She picked up the idea from some fashion show. Her casual reference to men in skirt made me remind of the famous phrase that there is “method in madness”. If anyone wishes to realize how madness has become a passion in our times, the present age is fittest time to witness the mad show. Just organize a fashion show and introduce horrible sense of dressing as a new passion among youths. No wonder men wearing skirts does not sound amusing. Anything is possible in our times. Overnight we can find “he” emerging as “she” the next day! Now I am wondering what else could follow if men start wearing skirts?
The purpose of fashion shows also defies my sensibilities. Often the trends shown in it are not meant for masses. The dresses exhibited in it are beyond the range of common people. Still we find an unending craze for such fashion shows. Remember the movie “Fashion”? That movie disclosed the harsh realities prevalent in world of fashion. Anyway, I am talking about the craziness existing in our real world, wherein the distinction between men and women is getting reduced with each passing moment, and even in the virtual world with help of Photoshop. The write-up is merely a humorous take on the whole issue.
Notice the fact that wearing “ear rings” by the boys is new craze. My friend endorsed usage of ear rings by boys since that make guys attain a look that attracts females. I feel that in every man there is female essence and in every woman there is some male element. Only today I saw a girl riding a motor bike meant for men. Few days back, I had seen an young girl having two girls pillioned behind her on a slender scooty! That makes it very clear that there is urge in both the sexes to give way to each other’s essence. Has anyone heard “Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe” song from movie Half Ticket? Kishore Kumar has given voice to male and female characters on whom this song has been picturized!! Pran and Kishore Kumar have performed in mind-boggling way in this song. And that’s why this song always makes me smile! In many Indian movies dance sequences have male actors disguised as females. The same has been the case with female actresses as well.
Right now, I am wondering what would follow the skirt? I am sure male bras are next hot item. Please read this excerpt borrowed from news item:
“Japanese men are getting in touch with their feminine side thanks to a new trend in male lingerie.They are hitching up their man boobs (moobs), finding out their cup sizes, and getting into male bras. Akiko is the woman behind this underwear revolution. She started selling the bras online from her Tokyo shop – The Wishroom. She said: ‘I think more and more men are becoming interested in bras.’ “
Now if that’s the case I feel new perceptions would emerge. Now men, like women, would often be found complaining: I found her staring at my assets !!! New harassment laws would also be introduced for men that would take cognizance of men’s complaints, accusing the passers by of indecent gesture !!! I feel that such tactics are very cleverly promoted by market. That makes them sell their products. That’s the reason why “Mardo wali cream” (fairness cream for men) has come in existence and actors like Shah Rukh Khan, having dark complexioned wives, are promoting it. They are making us develop guilt complexes to promote the sale of fairness cream for men!!! Anyway, for me black is beautiful.
I request the likes of Carmen not to create chaos in society by feeling excited about idea of seeing men in skirts. I love women with long hairs. I am sure not many would love to see a woman proclaiming bald is beautiful! Please be traditional, at least, in some matters. Women in long hairs are epitome of sensuality. Unfortunately, it’s age of short cuts. No wonder women love anything from short hairs to short skirts.
A trap is always there for genuine souls. A sponsored hand is always there. Negative forces are all the time trying best to keep you confused about the reality. A truly conscious mind is aware of all these developments quite well.The sponsored love, sponsored hatred, sponsored disputes, sponsored issues, and , above all, sponsored whistle blowers, supported by hidden negative forces, make the cause of genuine souls weak. That’s the worst development. That’s why if there arises any opportunity to wipe out negative forces, do it well, not for the sake of one’s natural moral duty but for the sake of cause of genuine souls. It would help to create space for right people.
The only option left for positive forces is to keep doing what’s in their hands. One cannot change the whole world.That not even an Avatara (Lord’s incarnation) can do. However, we must do all that’s possible in our own capacity. At least, in that regard, we should not be reluctant in playing our part well. Our whole energy gets lost in blaming others. Let’s learn to play our part well. Our small insignificant steps also matter a lot in resurrecting right values. I agree negative forces are in operation in much organized way but that’s no excuse for the right souls not to do anything. Let’s play our part well. It’s entirely in our hands either to be swayed by Manisha’s innocence or Katrina’s sex appeal!
We need better rulers. We need conscious individuals, who can get their priorities right. That’s the only way we can bring better changes. Or else, a “better future” shall always remain an utopia. It’s a sad commentary on state of present day affairs that people at helm of affairs are behaving in irresponsible manner. This tendency has to be curbed that you can fool all the people all the time !
And as we do that, let’s allow the wrong souls to laugh at our efforts. Their ridiculing, their taunting, their silly remarks and their devaluation should only encourage the right souls to remain on right track. A good and powerful soul should refuse to be disappointed. Let that’s be the case with all good souls really wishing to act as agent of change. Let’s that be the guiding force of all positive elements. I don’t know about others but my aim is absolutely clear: Wipe out the negative forces in totality as much as you can.
But be careful as you get involved in the process of resurrection of better ideals. “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” So never ignore the strength of stupid people. The power of stupidity should not be undervalued. It would take few minutes to wipe out Lord Rama but the arrival of another Lord Rama takes place million of years. It’s easy to demolish any good formation but to simultaneously create another beautiful world at the same speed is beyond the capabilities of human beings. That could be better understood if we witness the impact of atomic attack in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The future generations paid heavy price for attack which lasted for few minutes. “लम्हों ने खता की है…सदियों ने सजा पाई ” ( The errors got committed in few seconds, but many generations paid the price). Therefore, the good souls need to be wise enough while handling the ”Aasurs” ( Demons) and “Aasuri Vrittis” ( Demoniacal Orientations). The beautiful souls should realize their worth and keep themselves safe until the “Lord’s Will” finally ask them to quit the drama of life. This beautiful Urdu couplet says all:
हजारों साल नरगिस अपनी बेनूरी पर रोती है,
बड़ी मुश्किल से होता है चमन में दीदावर पैदा।
- Allama Iqbal
( For a thousand years the narcissus has been lamenting its blindness;
With great difficulty the one with true vision is born in the garden )
The women community seeking “equality of gender”, should either accept this concept in entirety, or else, follow desirable norms. The point is why so much insistence on rights for behaving as you want, for doing whatever you want? Why not give way to responsibilities shared, supposedly always considered as role of men since time immemorial! That includes all menial jobs requiring intense labour in tough conditions. That also means serving the men community, inside homes, for ages. The men community did that for ages, supplying money like ATM machine, despite suffering severely at hands of cruel wives. That too silently! These employed, high salaried women, should also marry unemployed youths and offer them all comforts for many centuries without feeling the pinch just the way men community did that in past! I am just trying to convey that this drama of gender equality gained momentum in wake of the world becoming a sophisticated place to live, largely shaped by men and women in the same patriarchal mode, which the bunch of derailed feminists saw as an obstacle for the emancipation of woman.
I am not interested in narrating the consequences of feminism in other parts of the world, but in Indian context, it has given rise to new set of complexities. There was already healthy division of labour but with the rise of feminism, or call it curse of modernism, the world inside home got projected as insult to the capabilities of women. The traditional roles were projected as subservient. However, as the modern women, shattering so-called shackles, stepped out of the confines of home, they realized that world is not bed of roses, or on par with their expectations, largely because of limitations caused by their physicality. So another set of calculated efforts came into action, to make the outside world seem a safer domain. And for that very reason, males were advised to co-operate inside homes, doing household work, after all, that’s what true equality demands! That also meant loving ”fathers, brothers, sons” all be presented as “potential rapists” so that a false alarm can be raised, and thus, International bodies can come to dictate us, calling it a nation, which does not respects and honours women! The problems pertaining to women were highlighted in exaggerated way so as to ensure that hocus-pocus, called feminism, can make its presence felt in India.
It’s not that the problems related to woman community do not exist but a shrewd attempt to use them to create rift between the relationship, using the same bothering issues, is simply an attempt to hit hard at the cherished institutions called family and marriage. One never said that problems related with women be it female foeticide, rising sexual crimes, health concerns, low literacy level and etc. should never be dealt with in a conscious way. However, why should one not be alarmed when these very issues became a part of the plot to destabilize Indian society? It’s amazing that lesbians, drunk female girls, prostitutes not by condition but by choice, females involved in all sorts of complex relationship should be hailed as appropriate but the same women living inside the confines of home as an ideal wife is seen as insult to womanhood! I mean what sort of values are being professed in name of equality? What’s being achieved? It leaves one in deep pain that even the most heinous crimes “rapes” are also being used as tool to ensure that gender imbalance sharpens in name of equality.
This sort of heightened false consciousness in Indian women is a necessity because the governments in future would largely be shaped by minorities and women, and so it’s necessary to appease them, to keep them ignorant about real implications of chasing imported theories related with equality. At global level, this sort of destabilized society, wherein men and women, are living highly individualistic lives, caters well to the needs of consumerist society. So why would corporate demons make women aware of consequences of aping such wayward lifestyle, which is resulting in single women, divorced couples, broken homes, fatherless children, eventually leading to rise in crime level too? It’s safer for them that women come out of their homes, work for them, leading to greater productivity.
On the other hand, political class is all prepared to use them as a tool to make their political dreams come alive with their help. Only to attain such diabolical interests, the concept called feminism-the great game of gender equality-came in effect. It’s a myth that it got introduced to make their lives better. At least, in India, it’s not the case. Indeed, women have a set of their own problems, but to remove them, was it necessary to fall in the trap of complex notions of feminism, having goals which even Western world has failed to exhibit in totality or demonstrate with perfection? However, the problem starts when New Delhi starts living the pattern of life found in New York and Washington. That’s why borrowed concepts become a necessity. That’s why “equality” also becomes a necessity. That’s why a highly reputed media publication is bound to see “Sunny Leone” as woman of exceptional talent and merit. And that’s why it’s necessary to give rise to conflicts wherein woman is equal when it comes to enjoy benefits of modern society but woman feels no longer equal when threat is directly to her body. At that point, she is woman! Be equal to enjoy benefit, but be a woman in helpless positions!
Bringing qualitative differences in lives of woman is quite a different issue than using these very issues to demonize men, or, in fact, use the same issues to shatter the citadels of society. The positive side of this gender equality is that it has allowed men to reshape their own priorities. It has given them a huge chance to realize their own worth and get united to fight for the cause of men in a spirited way-something never done until now. This gender equality is a great phenomenon. At least, now everything related with woman shall be put on trial and it’s a great chance to shatter all stereotyped notions with them. They are no holy cows, and they are as shrewd and manipulative as men needs to be ably projected. It’s a myth that they are a weaker sex and that they were the harassed lot in past. They have always enjoyed deep respect, care, both in external world and within the four walls of home. However, it’s ironical, and diabolical too, that instead of highlighting this aspect, all the men got clubbed in one category of abusers of women. So it’s time to tell that who actually has been abusing-man or woman? The men community should discuss their own issues in a more organized way-their concerns, their dilemmas, their worries, their pain and their sufferings etc. should get highlighted in a better way. It’s for them to decide that they have to live like a male or as a female in a male body. That’s the real agenda of feminism- to curb the instincts of men to make them in tune with absurd concerns of women.
Lastly, there is nothing like gender equality. There are honorable differences and these differences should persist for the growth of society in a better way. Radha, Seeta, Draupadi, Savitri and other such great women were the by-product of same patriarchal society. Even in modern times, the same society has produced women for whom their fathers have been the role model. Let’s not topple such a society or else the future will be more darker than one would have imagined. Agreed that women have suffered discrimination and face problems. But are the lives of men devoid of problems? Aren’t they facing host of complex problems? Some times back in Kargil War, the Indian soldiers were killed in barbaric manner. Their genitals were cut. That was simply treated as war crime. The same done with woman would not have not only been treated as a war crime but also as sexual assault, rape. Now there lies the difference. That’s the paradox. One wishing true gender equality should treat both bodies as mere bodies! If that’s not possible then stop this nonsense about gender equality. At present, there is a difference and no difference in the name of equality. Difference when you can’t face the heat and no difference in sophisticated scenario. That’s not equality. That’s opportunism. That’s selfishness. That’s shrewdness of highest type.
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