Is public groping an unavoidable Indian reaction to something perceived as western?
Several bizarre stories pertaining to women have been making the headlines lately. The Haji Ali Dargah Trust while presenting its case in the Bombay High Court to retain the ban on women entering the sanctum sanctorum justified their stance by stating that "women wearing blouses with wide necks bend on the mazaar thus showing their breasts.” In another story, India's Culture Minister reportedly advised foreign women to not wear short skirts or go out alone at night.
The notion that I will be given away by my father to my would-be husband is frankly cringe-worthy. My father has, without doubt, been one of the most important influences in my life, but that does not give him or anyone else the right to give me away. For me, a ritual like this is downright misogynistic and I decided to share my concerns with the people around me.
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Let me start by saying that I am not against marriage as an institution. However, I am against the fundamental inequality that has the power to convert an Indian marriage into a form of slavery.
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Although nuclear families are the norm in Western countries, I believe we can learn something from India about the importance of nurturing closer ties with the grandparents. Our children could benefit greatly if they could spend more time away from their parents and with their grandparents and other family members--it would help them develop attachments outside the immediate family, improve their social skills, learn family values and build childhood memories which they will carry for a lifetime.
Take a few precautions and you can save yourself from the embarrassment of being slapped on the streets this day of love. I know, it sounds ridiculous. But what to do? We are living in tough times. To begin with, make sure your girlfriend is wearing a mangalsutra. By doing this you can claim that you are within 'the boundaries of Indian culture'.
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There is no glory in being part of the everyday crowd -- the hamsters who can't see beyond the blur of their wheels. Consider a career in Indian politics! It will change your life! After all, one doesn't enter politics to change the lives of others. However, it isn't easy for a newcomer in Indian politics. If you are the son/daughter of a politician, stop reading this article and go back to planning your next holiday. If you aren't, here are a few tips to make it in this promising business.
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In India, however, it's striking to see how little Indian literature is on official Indian syllabuses used in schools. In most countries, school is the place where nationalism is codified. It's the setting in which one learns not only his or her history, but also develops a love of one's culture, language, and hopefully a love and respect for other people's cultures as well.
The current challenges facing Indian society and how Indian society goes about resolving them provides a unique window into how differences can be resolved through peace and democracy.