Before you go ahead and read my views/rants against various people, I want you to look at this news report about a lipstick competition event at IIT Roorkee’s cultural fest, (link) if you haven’t already, and form your own opinion. After this news came out, the Uttarakhand government launched an inquiry into it, and the five students were suspended. Well, rather than saying suspended, I would like to say, they were tharoored. That is, made a scapegoat like Shashi Tharoor to maintain the perceived image because the administration was too incompetent to take a stance. If you still think they were let off too easily, I propose we charge them of sedition and send them to Kashmir, to be stone-pelted till death! Now I don’t intend to advocate and defend the organizers, my views are about how different people/groups and organizers have reacted towards it:
First of all, congratulations, you have mastered the art of making a mountain out of the molehill. One question though, how do you manage to separate the wheat from the chaff so well and always… ALWAYS, without fail, pick up ONLY the chaff to be showcased through your channel? What a nice portrayal of the Thomso (the name of the fest). Oh, and by the way, I might have missed the news, did you also cover the dramatics, panel discussions, personality hunts, debates, quizzes, fashion shows, workshops and a whole plethora of events happening right there? What? You didn’t even know about that, why don’t you check out the event website? Even then, you had to show this, because, you know the controversy-creating-potential this event possessed. Nice way to repeat the same frame a gazillion times to make it sound creepy! Did you see how comfortable the couples were? Where did you see obscenity in it?
Now tell me who is that unarticulated creep at the start of the YouTube clip? “अपने आप में एक अनूठा … अभ्दूत (DOOD its अद्भुत)… ब्लाह ब्लाह!!”…. Somebody tell me the meaning of this line of his: “ये जो पत्नी भी होती है, वो भी इस तरह का चाहे तो वो भी नहीं लगा सकते”. Dude, I sympathise with your wife for having you… what? I am giving low blows now about you… well how do you like the taste of your own medicine? I just have one request to the media, I hope you give the same weightage and show with the equal fervour the news of the sacking of 5 students.
You would be happy you got something to vent out your anger on and something to give you a distraction from internal party matters. Nice hullabaloo you did in front of the IIT-R, but tell me why I don’t see you making the same kind of fuss about, burning the effigies of concerned people and demanding a speedy action in the Kalmadi, Koda, Ashok Chavan (recent Adarsh Housing Colony scam in Maharashtra). Or are you happy dealing with just the trifles? Well in that case we should kiss goodbye to India’s hope of ever having a strong opposition in centre and of getting rid from Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Moreover, you have some guts talking about morality and obscenity after what your party did in Karnatka assembly.
Dear IIT-Roorkee Administration,
Might I request you to learn some lessons from our honourable PM Manmohan Singh. Whenever in crisis, and in pressure to punish the guilty, always launch an inquiry first. That way, media and people will have something to chew on for a while, and for long term, you can always bank on the fragile memory of Indian people and huge potential of Indian politicians to generate more scandals, just so that earlier ones can be dumped. It’s a vicious circle really!
By the way Bravo! Congrats! By giving such harsh punishment to students, you have ensured that all news channels show it, and now even the people who had somehow missed it earlier, will get to see the clip. Moreover, did you also sack the professor who was the chairman of the festival? I might have missed that news article you know, people don’t post everything on twitter these days.
Parents of Students in the clip: I can’t even begin to imagine the reaction of the random relatives, who were nonexistent till now but will pop-up from somewhere just to make smart-arse judgemental remarks. Some people always look for such opportunities to rationalize their own shitty conditions, making statements like, “अरे ये देखिये मिश्राजी, ये सब होता है IIT में तो, अरे मैं तो कहता हूँ बढ़िया है हमने अपने बच्चो को ‘रामभरोसे टक्नोलोजी इंटरनेशनल प्रोफेशनल यूनिवर्सिटी’ में ही भेजा!” (Like you had an option!). Well all I can say is INGONE!
Other Unnecessarily Worried Parents: Other parents in India who are fretting about this obscenity and its adverse impacts on their wards, well, you ought to know, that in today’s time of FTV and when free porn is just a click away, it’s not going to spoil the child if he is not already spoiled. If you want to keep a check on him/her, go see his Internet History and be extra-worried if it’s clear!!
Dear Random Indian,
Dear random Indian, sitting in your bedroom, eating samosas, and passing comments on everything news channels show. Get a life! No, before that get a brain of your own, because you are the same guy who says “एकदम सही बात है भाई!” even when they debate about the need and implementation of sex education in India and now you are frowning upon this thing. You are the same guy who whistles after watching Malaika do a Munni Badnaam Hui and you are the same guy who savours all the crap TV channels throw at you in the name of Reality shows, you even relish the news by India TV with the same vigour but you will go ahead and do your obligatory frown on this issue until the next time the idiot box gives you something to frown upon.
Don’t be a self-imposed moral police is all I want to say; we have enough pain dealing with likes of Ram Sene and Shiv Sena. Clichéd and hackneyed however it may sound but I am going to remind you again that we are a land of Kamasutra. Did you people see how comfortable the couple seemed performing the task in the competition? Well, if they don’t have a problem, why do you? Get your own life. And still, if you want to do something about it, like always, let’s make a Facebook page, do a candle light (or even better somebody make a Flash based candle that we can lit on our desktop, sitting on our arse at home) but for God’s sake, don’t go around suspending 5 students over trivialities, don’t take it away from them, they have toiled hard to reach there, and deserve a bit of enjoyment — they all already do it in private, and weren’t doing it on national television this time either, until they sent their photographers.