1. Discriminating Against North Easterners. Immigrants? Really.
BJP’s recent manisfesto goofed up big time by calling North Easterners “immigrants’ laying bare the ugly mindset we still suffer from. In a country that ‘prides’ itself on its diversity, it’s a shame how we discriminate against our fellow countrymen from the North East. Girls from the region are eve-teased, termed as ‘sluts’, catcalled as ‘chinkis’. The recent case of Nido Taniam, a young boy from Arunachal Pradesh, who was beaten to death in Delhi proves there is something terribly rotten in our society.
2. Moral Policing
The latest in moral policing is Hindu Mahasabha’s dictum warning lovers to stay off the streets on Valentine’s Day or else they’ll be forcibly married! Fanatic Hindu outfits have done this in the past, they will do it this Valentine’s Day. Are we angry enough to show them their place?
3. Censor Board Bleeping ‘Bombay’ From A Song!
Okay, so Censor board found the use of the word ‘Bombay’ in a song (called “Sorry”, ironically) so offensive that they had to bleep it out from the song. So, now calling Mumbai ‘Bombay’ is hurtful to the sentiment of the public. *Slow clap*
4. Ashoke Pandit’s Nasty Tweet
Censor board member Ashoke Pandit made irony die a thousand deaths when he posted a nasty tweet mocking Karan Johar. His tweet, that was ironically voicing his disapproval against the offensive nature of the AIB roast, surpassed every insult at the roast. Funny that Pandit wasn’t heard when some other even more offensive events happened in the country.
5. Politicians Watching Porn In Parliament
Each session of the parliament costs lakhs of taxpayer’s money. Our money. Parliament has seen it all – politicians throwing mikes at each other, abusing and shouting at their counterparts, watching porn – yes, these are the lawmakers and protectors of the nation.
6. Our ‘godmen’ telling women how many babies they should push out of their wombs
When our so-called godmen tell us how many children every Indian woman should have, that women should address their rapists as ‘bhaiyas’ to avoid rape, that homosexuality is a ‘disease’ that can be cured by yoga, it’s not even funny.
7. Honey Singh Lyrics
We are all for freedom of expression and creative license, but when you promote a regressive patriarchal ideology in a country where rapes happen at the blink of any eye, you got to be kidding us. ‘Yo Yo’ Honey Singh’s ‘ch**t’ song is enough to put even rapists to shame. Or probably it is their anthem.
Don’t even get us started on this! If there is somebody who should have been roasted on the AIB roast, it is the self-proclaimed ‘superstar’ Kamaal R Khan. His latest tweet to Lisa Haydon, like all his previous tweets, just proves the man needs a good roasting.
9. Regressive Saas Bahu Serials
Nobody wants to know whether Roli or Simar saw a spoon or pushed it up someone’s ass. In a day and age, where women scientists are part of a team that successfully sends a spacecraft to Mars, regressive Indian saas-bahu shows have taken us back to the dark ages. Pakistani serials on Zindagi, with their realistic story lines and progressive characters, could teach us a lesson or two here.
10. Political parties distributing gutka and alcohol as part of election campaigns
If alcohol and tobacco were so injurious to health, how dare political parties distribute them before elections? By distributing these to a starving population already on the edge of depravation, our politicians have shown they care little about our welfare. We should be angry when the same parties turn a blind eye to us after the elections. But we never are.
11. Politicians Justifying Rape
We should be angry, really really angry at the stance taken by our politicians on something as heinous as rape. Justifying rape in any which way is grievously wrong, and just shows to prove there is little difference between the mindsets of the criminal and the protector. From Mulayam Singh Yadav’s “Boys will be boys” to CBI chief Ranjit Sinha asking women to ‘shut up and enjoy’ rape, our leaders have never shied away from expressing their indifference towards rape.
12. Religious Intolerance
We have a bloody history of communal riots, yet we never learn. Churches are attacked, and clandestine movements are organized to bring about religious conversions. ‘PK’ tried to bring it out, but in vain. A shrug of the shoulder and a deep sigh is all we have.