With recent order of Supreme court, now its compulsory for every multiplexes and cinema halls to play our National anthem before every show which according to them would instill “a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in Indians for which Theaters have 10 days to comply.The decision comes in a season of swelling nationalist pride in India.
Many dont know that it was issued in response to a petition by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, 78, who complained, among other things, that the anthem “should not be printed on undesirable objects,” played in an abridged form or “sung before the people who do not understand it.”The ruling comes slightly more than a month after a man in a wheelchair was struck and harassed by fellow theatergoers for not standing while the national anthem was being played in Panaji, in the western state of Goa. I also want to clear this that its has nothing to do with Narendra Modi as many are trying to portray on social media with pictures like this
Source : Sify news
But this is not the first time authorities or Society tried to enforce something. Here are some of the common beliefs which I am sure everybody must have faced in their lives :
1. How to Dress-
In India we seem to be under the notion that the amount of clothes on a person’s body (more so in case of women) is directly proportional to his or her character. What’s worse is, these patriarchal thoughts get indoctrinated from a relatively early age.
2. Artistic Expression-
If someone doesn’t like a book, he shouldn’t read it; you don’t like a film, don’t watch it. But in a free society you can’t go around calling for bans or burning books. There is a famous saying that when truth is replaced by the Silence, The Silence is a Lie.
“Oh no, how can you say that word?” “Sorry, you can’t say ‘sex’ in the subtitle.” Yes, these things happen in India. But for how long? Sex is a natural thing. Will our delicate cocoon of a world explode if people start talking about sex? Well i say that its not a big deal.
There’s a natural tendency for most people to feel some sort of attachment to their homeland – it’s called patriotism. But at the end of the day it’s still love, something that cannot be enforced. But when people start defining it for their own agenda, that is the real murder of democracy, not what Mamata bannerjee claims.
5. Rights of the Individual-
In a free society, every person, irrespective of his or her argument, has the right to criticize something he or she believes is problematic. But in India that’s not the case. We still have Blasphemy Laws. We still cannot criticize religious thoughts and beliefs because it might “offend” some community or fundamentalist lobby. According to me, Freedom bound by Dogma is no freedom at all.
6. Food Habits-
When it comes to food habits, there is this apartheid-like atmosphere out there. Landlords not renting out to non-vegetarians, RSS volunteers writing letters to HRD ministry to stop giving out tamsic food in IITs, local Muslims in Kerala raging over a school that served pork, saffron activists calling for bans on cow slaughter (it’s not about animal welfare though; they don’t ask for ban of chicken or lamb slaughter), these are signs of a society where some people believe they are better than others just because of what they eat or don’t eat. Well my request is that please don’t label people based on the HOLY COW or DIRTY PIG.
7. Live-In Relationship-
Relationships-We are a society obsessed with marriage. In fact, what is funny that it’s the one thing that unites all the religions in India. But seriously, is it really something we ‘have to’ do? If you and your partner want to get married – great! But if you don’t, this country’s laws are heavily biased against you. Good thing is supreme court ruled that live in relationship are acceptable. I think Commitment is in the Mind not on the piece of paper, just like religion.
8. Gender Identity-
We really need to start addressing some core problem areas in our society. We tell our kids that “hijras are annoying” because they “exhort money” but we don’t tell them how schools and offices in India shun the trans community. Different does not mean abnormal , people.
A woman who has lost her virginity is seen as someone who is promiscuous. It’s not the same for the men though, for whom, losing their virginity is like a rite of passage to manhood. The number of men and their families in India looking for virgin brides is not funny. The two-finger test is another procedure which is just more insulting to rape victims. Well, there is more to woman then that, you cheapsters.
Ah yes, culture, one word that old people use to tell young people how to lead their lives so that one day these young people turn into similar old people so that the loop continues. Like I said earlier, celebrating your culture is fine as long as you’re not using it to
- display dominance against someone who is different
- blame a victim of gender violence,
- Justify criminal acts like rape and honour killing.
Well those people don’t know that Culture is Imbibed not Imposed.
11. Religious Beliefs-
We call ourselves a secular country but we’re not one in the truest sense. The ideal definition of a secular society is one where there is separation of religion and state but in India we seem to practice a system where we respect all religions equally without defining the separation between religion and state.
12. Who to Love-
Aren’t we, as a generation, already tired of things like ‘love jihad’, ‘Operation Majnu’, police arresting couples seen hugging or kissing in public, politically backed hooligans disrupting Valentine’s Day or trashing a cafe in some city because couples go there to spend time together?
13. The Other Truth-
Every story has two or more sides. We shed tears for the jawaans we lost in Dantewada to Maoist violence, but how often do we complain about the state’s Land Acquisition Act that throws Dalits and Adivaasis from their own land? We support our Armed Forces but we turn a blind eye to actual events like the “Malom massacre” (which prompted Irom Sharmila to protest).
Well all I am saying is that although everybody say Freedom is our birth right but many don’t even know what it means or some people thinks freedom is to encroach other’s freedom. Well to all those people I like to say, CHANGE IS NATURE(although i want to say f**k it but you know how people think, right.)