Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Gandhi Porn??//#

So yesterday there I was sitting on my chair, minding my own business... downloading music & searching for porn. When suddenly something so shocking happened that I nearly fell off my chair. Here are some searches which Limewire returned...

"Hindu bitch fucked by white guy Gandhi Porn XXX pussy nice".

What the hell!! Ok, hang on... let me make something very clear at this point itself. If you are already smirking and thinking of some "the-old-bald-pervert-in-dhoti" kind of wisecrack... save your breath. This post is not about what some redneck idiot advertises his porn clip, of some mexican-looking-like-an-indian, as. It's exactly about people like you who smirk on hearing the same.

Oddly enough Gandhi-bashing is the single most popular passtime of this country's junta. Why?

1. It's fashionable. I mean what better way to show how cool you are than to slander a person who by himself was a unique phenomenon unparalleled in the entire history of man. He was bald... he wore a dhoti... surrounded himself with women... (out come jokes about his sexual abilities/limitations).

2. To show that you are a true intellectual, that you understand politics and you actually know the inside-story about what really went on during the partition/quit-india/bose-ouster/ *put a random event* based on that book you read...

3. Just out of sheer lack of imagination to think of a rational explanation for the country's partition/poverty/long freedom struggle.

I remember sitting in the Indian Political Thought class as we studied Gandhi's political thought - I was just stunned as an entire class of political science students behaved as if they had a personal bone to pick with the man. The fact that our teacher (otherwise a good man) was a hardcore bengali - sympathetic to Subhash Bose & Vietnam, did not help either.

The fact is apart from two or three in that class, nobody had ever read anything written by/on Gandhi save their histroy books back in school. Yet everyone behaves like a fucking expert.

Myth #1: He was a coward, he was scared of violence.
Reality: Gandhi was no coward. In fact he time & again stated that he would much rather prefer violence over cowardice. the way of the satyagrahi is one of tremendous moral strength and courage & not for lesser mortals. Do look up the ten points outlined by Gandhi for a Satyagrahi.

Myth #2: Gandhi was responsible for the partition because of the country because of his favouring Nehru!
Reality: Hah! Nothing could be further from the truth. 1945 onwards, Gandhi was an ignored man - a symbolic presence whose economic ideas of khadi & charkha were something of an embarrasment to Nehru.

Gandhi is largely responsible for female emancipation in India and the upliftment of the depressed classes, which aside from his contributions to the freedom struggle are tremendous social developments that we have inherited. He is also responsible for preventing communal violence and riots from destroying the two Bengals in 1947, something which a 50, 000-strong neutral Gurkha force could not ensure at the Punjab border. And to think... Bengal was considered to be the more communally sensitive of the two.

I just cannot simply stand people who "judge" his sheer greatness because they simply have never made an attempt to understand it's entirety in the first place. I do not have a problem with people (a very, very rare minority) who are actually well-read & have logical and rational reasons for not liking him. I can live with that. Freedom of thought right? Too bad of you are an idiot anyways!

Lastly, do I think whether Gandhi was indeed "mahatma"? Not in the least. He was painfully human... he made mistakes - ousting Bose, re-calling non-cooperation movement, his paranoid fear of machines, etc. But as a matter of fact, of all the men to have walked the earth... I do consider him to be one who walked amongst the tallest!

*Update: Well... My college mess has not sorted itself out. But it would be poetic in a skewed kind of way if I was to just keep remaining sad over all that. Life goes on... Thanks for all the wishes and concern :)