Sunday, December 23, 2012

I shall not bake a cake, wear a new dress and dance..because a girl in Delhi lies with her intestines ripped open




In Peter Brook's version of the Mahabharata, when the lake questions Yudhishtira, he asks, 'Why do men revolt?' and a worn out Yudhishtira answer's 'To find beauty, either in life or in death.' the revolts that are going on in the Indian capital( New delhi by numerous students are perhaps just that, in spite of all the ugliness, it is an attempt to find beauty for one woman in life. A woman who has been raped by monsters and left on the streets to die..The lake further questions Yudhishtira, who is torn apart and hopeless at seeing the dead bodies of his brothers. He is asked, 'What for each of us is inevitable?' A half dead Yudhishtira, amazingly smiles a little, as if full of the promise of love and says, 'Happiness'.

Even though I am very much aware and full of admiration of the power of Social media and its relevance in our lives, I cannot but somehow participate in the spirit of the season..because in my mind the spirit of the season has been raped in the past few days, by all the heinous incidents that we have been a witness too. Whether in the killing of the innocent children who were gunned down a few days ago, or the incident of the Delhi woman, who was shamelessly and mercilessly raped by so many men and left to die. Even as my family gathers around me, I am tempted to click pictures, put on a new dress, bake a cake, do out for a dance and party till the wee hours. But I will perhaps not do any of that. Because even as I celebrate a quiet Christmas eve with the family, I shall have in my mind thoughts of the many college kids, who brave the cold and protest for the dignity of one woman, a woman who's intestines were ripped apart and who lies tremendously sick. If festivities are about the spirit of sharing and caring...let's never stop caring.







12 comments:

Nikhil Harindranath said...

Such a short but beautiful post and not a single comment here? I am shocked. Are people too busy to reply or are they scared? Or is it that they have not been approved yet to appear here?

Well said. Well written. We have scrapped x'mas and new year celebrations at home too. Whatever little we can do.

numerounity said...

Very well written.

All the festivities are bland when in recognition of this fact and the threat ahead on women kind.

numerounity said...

Very well written.

All the festivities are bland when in recognition of this fact and the threat ahead on women kind.

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

I am certain a very large number of us are with you on this issue as we close the year.

There is no discounting the heinousness of the particular incident or the tragedy of the girl who is fighting for her life. The protests in Delhi and across the nation, though, would seem to embody something more than just this one instance.

The protests seem to be crystallizing the anger of the masses for having been taken for granted by the arrogance of power, and the anger of womankind for being treated like property or things that can be treated any way by men.

The last three years have seen several people's movements shape up but this one is different. It was not called for, not organized, and not political. It is perhaps the cumulative rage of the people that no matter what they do, the powers that be are indifferent.

While sexual harassment and gender crimes are the obvious focus of the movement, I think it is also a wake up call for the political classes.

The Unknowngnome said...

Agreed.

Kulwant Happy said...

best

Mom with a Dot said...

Yes, Caring and Sharing is certainly the essence of the holidays and I respect you for your choice.

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury said...

Shubhorup..you are right. The very fact that so many people are protesting and because it is leaderless shows that people are just tired of being passive recipients of such heinous crimes..no time to celebrate this. Thanks all of you friends for reading, not because it is my post, but because we need sensitivity perhaps more than anything else today. Thank you, ' Mom with a dot', Kulwant, unknowngnome, numerounity, Nikhil for all your kind comments.

S.V.SAIBABA said...

I totally agree with your comments. It is really a National Shame that such horrible incidents continue to happen in our nation.

Avichal Pandey said...

Nice post. It is true that after reading about so many criminal and evil incidents, fear has incurred upon us and the festive mood has waned.

-Avichal
http://frivolous-chaos.blogspot.in/

Avichal Pandey said...

Nice post. It is true that after reading about so many criminal and evil incidents, fear has incurred upon us and the festive mood has waned.

-Avichal
http://frivolous-chaos.blogspot.in/

Saurabh Chawla said...

short but very well written post.