The Valentine’s Day, Why o Why for most of the folks ?
Okay, this is my first op-ed article. I missed out the MMGL and Chakravarthy gari show on Feb 17th 2012. Chakravarthy gari show started out well. I wish him success. However I have few issues with folks who live and talk the perfect world. Folks suddenly leave they ground and loose the plot. Let me put few of my issues with this Valentine’s day thing which I respectfully differ with Chakravarthy garu. My little expression is addressed to him.
Do we need to celebrate the V’day ?
I say we do not need to celebrate every thing western in India. How about Oktoberfest ? How about a dog meat eating festival in korean tradition ? Certain festivals have significance in the specific regions of the world. The genesis of the festival has much to do with the times of the society than anything. The theme of most festivals at a higher level is to celebrate the “Good” over “bad” or celebrate birthdays of great humans/Gods. We celebrate birthdays of great people (Rama, Krishna, Gandhi,Bose, ..) we celebrate changes in nature (Ugadi, Sankranthi). We even celebrate Christmas which is not native to India. And so is Ramzan. Jesus is a Jew, lived in another country. He has no business in India to be celebrated on his birthday. Yet Christmas is a holiday for everyone in India. Why ? Christ had godly qualities and ended up as a God. In summary folks celebrate festivals even if they are of foreign origin when the message is relevant. Case in point, Obama celebrated Diwali in the whitehouse. Coming back to the V’day, the message is rather loose. A priest is killed by the king and he dies with hidden love to whom ????,,,, hmmm not for Jesus but a jailer’s daughter. Wow. That’s one heck of a priest who is THE SYMBOL OF LOVE. We are searching for a question to the answers we have. We are adopting whatever the festival that comes in our way. That’s just like celebrating Martin Luther King birthday and forgetting October 2nd. Long story short V’Day hype is made up by the English speaking media. Who has nothing better to do than get ratings for their channel. Not to go personal, but I wonder how on earth these english TV hosts feel if their daughters end up in a bad situation as a result of this V’Day. Do they talk about the bad thing on the TV ? Do they have the guts to be on their great english speaking, libertarian, know it all elite media channel. Never, Nope, Nunca, Nada.
How do you celebrate V’Day ?
By giving greeting cards ? or the couple goes to the temple/church or mosque (not sure there is a tradition) or go to a movie ? or drive 20 kilometers outside the city ? For what ? Oh, I get it, you are a libertarian and you do not want to be questioned about your whereabouts.So I am not going ask where the couples are going , but I sure will ask the details of what they are doing on the outskirts. I am expect that you know what happens in the name of Valentine’s day. Suffice it to say that there is an ulterior motive behind the whole thing.
Why is it a society problem ?
Hell ya, this is not a private issue. Go buy an island and live there alone if you think its an individual issue. When you are living in Chintal Basti, you better behave like one from the Basti. Today it will be Salim’s sister going outskirts and tomorrow it will be Sankaranna’s daughter. So do not talk about the legality of a boy and girl going out. There is more to it than just going out. Not everyone is smart enough to draw the line when they are young. Koby Bryant did it. Forget young, even that old IMF dude who is praised by folks did few things not appreciable. These are smart and influential people who did the unthinkable (well thinkable now). The kids back home have no idea, they can easily trapped into having relationships that are not appropriate resulting in creating Koby’s if not Clintons.
Who has the right to stop it ?
This, this right here is the main issue. I beg to differ with you on who questions the kids. While I do not agree with their tactics I think there should be checks and balances on how this issue should be handled.
You are saying its parent’s business to stop a son or daughter. Oh well, not everyone is educated in India, I mean culturally educated. To put simply folks think about Valentine’s day as a day for couples/lovers to express love. The “Express” part is where the issue lies. As I previously wrote, some couple express by giving greeting cards. Some express by giving gifts. Some go to movie and others go to “outskirts”. I get that its individual liberty that lets the couple do anything. But their individual liberty is instigating thousands of young adults to go to outskirts. The moment a trend is born, oh well, India will be a welfare state (your beloved) with kids born out of wedlock on a large scale ( this is the worst case scenario). This particular situation will not happen to kids of a guy who lived overseas for years. It happens to the sons and daughters of folks whose main issue is to get food on the table. When a country with a 99% population does not know who the heck is St. Valentine, they have no clue about the consequences of these festivals. That is the precise moment for someone else to enforce it. Ideally I will not support Bhajarang Dal or that Muslim organizations forcing their will on couples, but then there is a pretty good chance that some poor kids will be longing to go to outskirts.
So there you have it, the 1% of the folks need individual liberty while the bottom 80% need someone to look after them. Again, while I am not supporting the method of these Bhajrang Dal folks, but I support their motive.
And , OBTW, A true capitalist might approve me, a fake one must be feeling biter for not making extra dough in the name of V’Day.