Friday, February 26, 2010

Somewhere in England in front of a Church, a man set up a booze shop ("daru ka theka" in local parlance). The members of the church were mighty annoyed. They filed a case against the shop owner. The case was summarily rejected. The shop owner had followed every rule before setting up his biz. So there was no case against him.

The church members did everything legal they could think of to force the man shut his shop but with no success. And at the end, wholly exasperated, they got down to do what they are good at. Every morning and evening after the regular church prayers they would stand at the church gate and point their fingers at the liquor shop and would pray to their Lord with raised voices for thunderbolts to strike the shop.

And one day a big lightning piercing the breast of the clouds did strike the shop and razed it to ashes.

The shop owner now filed a case against the church holding them responsible for the bolt. The court sent a notice to the Church. The church retorted with a "not guilty" response.

The judge commented, "I am confronted with a case where an alcohol seller believes in the existence of God and a Church which does not".

I do not know on whose favor did the judge rule, but what I know for sure is, life is full of many such paradoxes. And Sri Muthalik is a case in point. Beating women in public, doing goondagiri in the name of culture is within the ambit of decency and democracy in the year 2009. But in 2010 when it's time for him to reap what he sowed just one year back, he changes the definition. He was slapped and black paint was smeared on his face, but that was his teaching. Then how could he protect?

Lucky for you Sri Muthalik that not much has changed for me between 2009 and 2010. I did not support what you did last year. So I am forced to lodge my protest against those who did what they did to you.

Our culture is much beyond all the profanities in the world. So we can survive without anyone's moral policing. And democracy, well, we love it the way it is, unchanged in 2009, 2010 and will definitely remain so in many more years to come.

And the pink chaddi above is dedicated to all narrow minded cheap people who think a girl's honour lies only in her repressed sexuality. To know more about what I am speaking click here.