Showing posts with label North East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North East. Show all posts

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Letters from the other side [232/365]

The past couple of weeks have been the hardest on Indian minorities.
First the carnage in Assam and now the North eastern community in Karnataka.

My previous post on what I thought about this carnage got me a lot of responses via email. Most of them were angry at what was happening, but nearly all of them agreed that this was possible only because we are a society that is too weak to punish.

Today, as our newspapers declared how the hateful messages and videos originated at Pakistan. I thought 'How convenient!'
Why should we believe the politicians when they say the material is from Pakistan?
Could it not have originated from any of our other neighbor(s)?

Politicians, on either side, have always prodded us to fight each-other. Like a bloodied pair of fighting cocks, we have always been told to fight each-other to death.

I would like the government to release irrefutable proof that the material originated in Pakistan. And then I would like our country to demand our neighbor to extradite them or else. But knowing how our netas are a bunch of lily-levered oldies, I doubt if the perpetrators will feel the Indian noose.
On the other hand, let's assume that the material didn't originate from Pakistan. Where else could it come from? Assuming how China has been fighting for our land and knowing how good they are with copying stuff, I wouldn't be surprised if they had a role in this.

But then, it would not have been extraterrestrial at all. We have enough scumbags available locally with know-how to copy and morph a bunch of videos.
Blaming the Pakistanis has become far too easy now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Great Ch*nky Exodus [228/365]

Today is the Indian Independence day. 66 years ago, we convinced the British to leave us. What's remarkable is that we never threw them out, they left because they simply could not divide our unity and single-minded determination to be one nation. 
Albeit the partition, this was Gandhi's finest moment.

He fought against division based on race, caste, creed and color. And he won our battle only because we had enough of the crap and wanted freedom too.
Today, Gandhi must be turning in his grave. The south Indian State of Karnataka is seeing an exodus of people fleeing a city they've come to accept as their own.
After weeks of unconfirmed reports of harassment and veiled threats against them, nearly two million of the population from the north-east are fleeing. Trains and flights are packed as they are in a hurry to get out.

Clearly this is a rumor. And whoever is behind this is probably chuckling away even as we speak. But this is one joke that's gone so bad, it's not funny anymore. I can imagine the fear they must be going through. All this even as the State and the Central government stands helpless. I hear Manmohan and chief ministers' from the NE have speed dialed our chief. And I hope we get to the bottom of this and fast. We would all like to see the sick bastard who gave birth to this rumor publicly hung.

I am a Keralite. And a proud one too. I know a lot of Keralites who won't take a threat like this against us lying down the way the folks from the NE have taken. You threaten us to get out and we'll down shutters of every eatery and supermarket so fast your head will spin.
The chinks are easy targets. Dispensable. They are the sore thumb that stand out. In my previous post about the beautiful people from the NE, I mentioned how wonderfully nice they are. They might have a fantastic sense of clothing but are incredibly docile once outside their hometowns. What they need is not a legislation to punish the use of the word 'chinky' but equal opportunities and the freedom to be themselves and feel good in their skin. Of all the minorities in the melting pot called India, the folks from the NE are the most nicest.

But this is precisely what is wrong with our society as well. I hear our cops have promised to increase patrol in areas inhabited with the chinks. I also hear that all the outbound trains are being given adequate protection until the Karnataka border.
But why do I feel this is barely enough? Why are our minorities and women not protected always? After the infamous 'home-stay' raid in southern city of Mangalore, civil unrest in Assam, molestation in Guwahati and rapes everywhere else, India is beginning to look like a country that is taking three steps behind for every step forward.

When we harp about how Indians are discriminated abroad, we have such shining examples of racism in India. 
On India's 66th Independence day, isn't India for every Indian?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A new low [200/365]

In the past week we saw the men of our nation reach a new low. A random group of men pounced upon a defenceless young girl who couldnt be older than 20, stripping and abusing her in a way that would resemble a pack of hyenas mauling a wildebeest calf.
In a video taken by a cameraman, the girl is seen begging, trying to reason with her attackers, pleading, and running for help to just about anyone she could spot. No one would help her instead we see passersby taking their shots too. After all its not everyday you get to grab the privates of a young girl and get away. The girl is screaming, shrieking in fear and probably wondering why none came to her help. About 30 minutes into the mauling, cops arrive at the scene after a good Samaritan calls to report the assault. Most of the champs have slipped into the crowd that gathered and the cameraman shoves a microphone into he face of the girl for the freshest sound bytes. After all he knew this video could be the money shot. He was right. His video went viral and so did half a dozen other videos that other 'cameramen' took. Some of them were even taking pictures of the 'event' to make sure they captured whatever remained of the girl's modesty for their private voyeur collection.

A couple of days after the incident the men who perpetrated this crime are yet to to caught by an administration that is beyond apathy. After a brief session of mutual finger pointing, and much needed publicity of the incident, I am left wondering what really is happening here.
I mean this is an open and shut case.

Here we have a girl who is probably still a teen who went with her friends to have a good time drinking and partying. It is reported that she had an altercation with a gentleman who was eventually asked to leave by the club security. He lies in wait for the girl to come out, passes a lewd comment which riles up the girl and she may have said something back to him. Infuriated, he starts attacking her with a frenzy. The man's pals pitch in and for good measure. Passersby get their fill too and by the time the now infamous video is taken we can see her top is almost ripped off. We see her scrambling for cover and help and the perpetrators muffling her screams and dragging her to the side to resume the groping and the mauling. 

Recently I watched Piranha and the way the men were taking shots at her, ripping her clothes and hitting her resembled the way the piranhas were feeding off their victims. It makes for excellent entertainment in such a movie but when I saw this happen to another human being, I was outraged, shocked and saddened.

Maybe the cameraman should have been more proactive in getting cops to the scene faster. Surely he did expose an incident that would have otherwise remained just a statistic and an event that's changed the life of the victim for ever. The role of the person is infinitely debatable. But would he have stood and done as little if it was his sister or wife being molested?

Maybe the girl was wrong and foolish in stepping out as late as she did without a male escort. Surely she is too young to be partying that late but she should have definitely used the proper judgement when she stepped out after an altercation. Men from the northeast are quite the boisterous handful.

Surely the general public that passed by and did nothing is as guilty of the crime as the ones who committed it. While we can say this is a sign of a bigger rot in society, this can also be explained as the syndrome where we tend to think that someone else will take care of this and we wont need to interfere. Or maybe they thought the mob was just -lynching a prostitute/witch, which apparently is quite common in that part of the world.

Whatever the reasoning, the cops showed their true colors when they refused to own up to the crime and instead reasoned otherwise.
But then this is the real rot in our country. We have cops and politicians who are unscrupulous and insensitive.

Shamefully, we are yet to arrest all the perpetrators despite their pictures being plastered across the country. And in the event that they do get caught, I doubt if any of them will have any remorse or if our courts will have the nerve to make an example out of them.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Chinky Indian [125/365]

Two deaths, in the Northeastern student community, in as many weeks in Bangalore has sent shock-waves throughout the country. While this is purely coincidental, what is shocking is police apathy and official insensitivity. There hasn't been any arrests made in one of the cases. (Read about the latest death here)

When fellow blogger Nabanita Dhar pointed out how the rest of India treats folks from the North East, it was a bold and refreshing insight into how we practice racial discrimination right in our backyards.
In an instance of how the pot calls the kettle black, we move earth and missions when the Americans detain an actor or when the Australians deport a doctor.

My ex was from a tiny town within Shillong. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is a incredibly beautiful state, unfortunately being plundered by the ruthless coal mafia. It's hard to miss the sight of entire hill-sides that have been carved for wood and charcoal. Nonetheless, I've found the women there to be one of the most beautiful and elegantly dressed. Infamous for their skimpy clothes anywhere else in India, I never found a single lady who was not nicely draped. We are culturally similar. Their hospitality and spirit is as infectious as any other Indian. Many families love the prime soap operas. Family ties are important and the locals are deeply devout. They battle the same evils of society that we do and are as vocal as we are. They are as fascinated by the South Indians' as the rest of India is.
But this is where the similarities end.
Many of them aspire to marry rich and move away from their towns and villages. Many of the towns don't have anything for educated youth who don't want to start a business of their own. Terrorism is another reason why youngsters don't want to live there. I was myself caught in the midst of a terrible car bomb when I was visiting Assam many years ago. The curfew and the instability is stiffing. Their youngsters speak better English than most people from the 'mainland'. Their families contribute (and suffer) the most giving their lives to the security of the borders than most other Indians.

But that said, do they really deserve to be discriminated against?
Surely, they dress differently, speak with an accent and bond differently. Ofcourse, they are carefree and take life one day at a time but they are incredibly friendly too.
Personally, I love their innate sense of fashion. I simply love their gorgeous straightened hair and I believe some of the most beautiful women I've seen are from the Northeast. So why do we hate them?

Our Xenophobic minds don't want people who look like the Chinese among us. The Chinky is just a dispensable part of our country's population. They are India's equivalent of the Negros of America, the Stans of Britian and the Indians of Australia. We hate them. No particular reason. They may be successful and contributing to our economy, society and all that, but they cannot be a part of us. Unfortunately, they are in a country where they will never be accepted for the truly wonderful people that they are. Not now, not ever.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Sex, Lies and Deception

my take:
Thoroughly surprised how the chief of the police, chose to justify prostitution and sex trafficking as a necessary tool to control the urges of the frustrated Indian male, who in his words would otherwise choose to rape and mollest the modesty of 'good' women. 
Who in this damned world gave him the right to label women?

Nonetheless, though this video does not show anything that we already don't know, we do see the nexus between the cops, the politicians and sex traffickers at work here.

Let's face it, trafficking is a epidemic of epic proportions and we are not bothered. Well, not until someone dear and near to you got trapped in it.

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