Pink Chaddi Campaign

Posted: February 15, 2009 in politics, social issues
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I still wonder what was so imaginative and fun in sending pink chaddis to Sri Rama Sene. Is this the right way to fight back? A cheap method adopted to fight a so-called cause. The person whoever mooted the idea thinks women as mere objects. There were other ways, decent ones, to fight the Sene. Agreed, beating up women is against Indian culture, but is sending lingeries Indian culture?


The so-called pseudo fighters for the women’s cause, including Renuka Chaudhary, who sent pink lingeries to Pramod Muthalik should think if they were really trying  to save women from exploiters. Instead of wasting money on purchasing pink lingeries and sending them to the Sene, they could have utilised the money for better causes, to help the poor women. How many poor women work as daily wage earners to meet their ends, how many sleep without eating two meals a day? These liberators could have given food and clothing to those poor and the downtrodden. In India, there are several girls who become victims of acid attacks. What have these women fighters and liberators done to help those victims? Why can’t they launch a campaign to help them? Pool the money and give them moral and financial help. That they would not do, as everybody was on a competition to take political mileage from the Mangalore pub issue. If they had helped the poor, the media would have not given them so much coverage as they grabbed by launching chaddi campaign.

If these women are really concerned about the situation of women in the country and want to liberate women folk, why can’t they do something to give equal opportunities to Muslim women in the country. Why can’t they take up a campaign asking men to allow them to come out of veil and allow them to pray in mosques?

Any citizen will oppose what the Sri Rama Sene activists did in the pub incident. But two wrong things don’t make a thing right. The indecent approach of the campaign got a decent answer by the Sene. The Sene sent sarees to those who had sent them lingeries. Even Mahatma Gandhi would have been happy to send sarees to those women.

Pramod Mutalik

Pramod Mutalik

What was the message that these campaigners gave to youth? They asked women to pub bharo. Freedom fighters’ concept of jail bharo was merely reduced to a western concept of fillings pubs!

Adopting a culture or a concept is not bad, but adopting it without understanding its real value is definitely not good. Whoever started the campaign was highly influenced by individualistic and openly shameful western culture. Never in the history of Indian culture did women come up with an idea of either discussing about their lingeries, leave alone sending them to others, that too, to a man.

Everybody agrees that pub culture is not a healthy trend. How many children have spoilt their lives by indulging in drinking, drugs and illegal sex?! What do the campaigners have to say about this?

Once take seniors to pubs and then they will agree that asking young girls not to visit pubs is not wrong. You get to see young girls vulgarly dressed in the name of western culture and pub culture. In the name of westernization, the dresses will be so skimpy that they will give the Victoria’s Secret run for money.

It is fun to see if someone else’s mother go mad in public and they never think what if other women had launched such a campaign against their own brother, father or husband. The obscene campaigners definitely lacked sense and shame. There were better ways to oppose their violent ways than starting such obscene campaigns. Media is highlighting them, and no wonder if a daughter shows her lingerie to a father if he asks her not to go to pubs!

It is unfortunate that a very small percentage of pub goers have labelled the Sri Rama Sene as unethical.  Sometimes I wonder if it is a campaign against the pub incident or a campaign against the Sri Rama Sene itself? There were no such big incidents when Da Vinci Code was banned following protests by churches; Jo Boley So Nihaal film was forced to cut few scenes, following objections by Sikhs; a cartoon in Denmark resulted in an outrage in India. But no secular and forward looking people ever called it as an encroachment on right of freedom of expression. But the Bajrang Dal protesting against MF Hussain was called as an attack on right of freedom of expression.

So what freedom are they talking about? What type of liberation is it? How far did the campaign help these fighters to liberate women?


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