If You Don’t Like, Don’t See It

My morning routine involves a 15-minute read of the front pages of all the English newspapers; rarely is there any item that positively changes my mental outlook for the day. This Thursday though was different. At least two papers carried a news item that had me chuckling throughout the day, keeping me so amused that my confused staff was probably wondering, “Aaj Ravana kyon has raha hain” (Why is Ravana laughing today?).
This country has two kinds of people. One group, which seems to be a proactive majority, consists of all those who love to posture about “moral” issues, especially related to nudity and obscenity; they also have the time to disrupt concerts, plays and exhibitions at will and to drag artistes to the police or the courts, under the garb of upholding our “Indian culture”/”Bhartiya sanskriti”. The other group, which is in an obvious minority, consists of people like me, mute bystanders, wondering when and why Bombay became Mumbai.
I have never quite understood though, which “sanskriti” the first group is referring to! Spitting? Jostling? Never saying thank you or sorry? Honking? Being rude? Breaking signals? Cutting queues? Any civilized culture would believe that these are more important, universal values that need upholding.
So what are these Indian values that people talk about? Touching the feet of our elders? Wearing non-revealing Indian clothes? And…That’s it? Are all our so-called “Indian” values nothing but external gestures without any internal backup?
And so, when a judge tells the person who filed a PIL against the show “Sach ka Samna” to go take a hike, it is really such an awesome moment. For me, even the verdict related to Article 377 does not compare in importance. With the statement “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it”, not only has our judiciary sent across a message that rings loud and clear, it has also exposed the hypocrisy of our holier-than-thou brigade, the majority of which revels in voyeurism, but still wants to maintain a “moral” facade.
Let’s face it! In the end, we are all voyeurs. The only issue is whether we have accepted this fact or whether we are still being hypocritical about it. How else can anyone otherwise explain the popularity of the current set of reality shows on TV!
Let’s take “Rakhi

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