Wednesday, January 28, 2009

caution : moral police ahead!

after the unfortunate event that rocked mangalore city, today Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “We don't want to promote the liquor culture and decisions we take will be to see that the culture of boys and girls going hand-in-hand to pubs and malls for drinking is stopped.” its disgusting to hear such versions of a boy - girl relationship and I wonder why our ministers are trying too hard to picture the harmony between the sexes as an unfortunate and ugly one. 

The following poem [if it could be called so] portrays my anger, frustration and disappointment by these turn of events. The perspective is that of a girl [maybe my sister, my friend, my future wife or a total stranger] talking to the government or the ministers.


i was told i live in a free nation
a nation which boasts of cultural integrity
a nation which boasts of women empowerment
a nation which worships Goddess Durga
a nation lead by a woman President.

you promised me education
you said I would excel in my life
you promised me equality
you said you are proud of my presence!

your words implanted hope in me
your words gave me strength
I stood up against the flow
faced the blow of the wind
believed in you words
took the pain and effort.

I advanced from kitchen to living room
I rose from bedroom to board room
the burn my kitchen gifted me
hurt as I shook hand on a corporate deal
I smiled, I enjoyed the pain
I was proud, I lived to your dreams!

today as I look around
I see men staring at me
with lust, with jealousy
with an urge to finish me.

i look at you, you turn me down.
your words were kind but your eyes turned red!

they teased me in front of you,
trashed me, abused me
they called me a prostitute
and you chose to watch the show!

the small world I saw as I grew
my dad, my friends, my husband, my son
men who stood by me
men who led me to success
you took that world away from me!
you blinded me, scarred my dignity
whom shall I blame if I hate men today?
the one who love me or you - who deceived me?

you made politic poli-tricks
you made my country a laughing stock
tell me, who is a danger to our culture
is it Me or is it You?



82 comments:

Scattered Thoughts... said...

thought provoking post!! liked it alot

Simply Sur said...

That's nice Sawan... straight from the heart!! Very nicely pictured and true indeed.

It is infact Poli-Tricks!! and nothing else!!

sawan said...

ST, m on ur page :) and yeah, tht was quick :)

CrazyHeart said...

nice patrotic...lines...
it can be sung as a rap song..:)

sawan said...

SS, yeah.. these incidents are so sad.. :(

sawan said...

Crazy Heart, rap song?? :)

Vinnie said...

Sawan saar:) beautiful !!
u thought just as we women would n do every now n then...this menace puts us down- sort of brings down everything we have ever achieved in life.
thanks for the support n voice:)
we need more men like u n power...in politics!

sawan said...

vinnie darlin, i cud understand wen girls generalize MEN and think against MEN when such unfortunate events happen. I just wanted to tell you that there are a lot of MEN who condemn such acts.

Luscious Sealed Lips said...

Absolutely amazing, Sawan.

The Manglore incident got me so furious that I wanted to beat the people around. I wanted to bombard the people 'watching'. How could you let something go on, like this, in front of your eyes?

It really makes me sad and think over and over again, HOW LONG is it going to take to get rid of these biases?

I AM SICK!

Kisses.

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

such double standard and hypocrite people we have around. they themselves dont know how to behave with a girl., they themselves have not learnt to gv respect to women and comes forward with such heinous barbaric steps in the name of preserving our culture.


the poem is emotional yet powerful. thanks for ur support. :)

yamini meduri said...

a post that makes its reader think...!!!

nice one Sawan..!!!

powerful post..!!!

the pink orchid said...

definitely it is them.. you have voiced a woman's perspective well sawan...

thank you for writing this..
I am with you in this expression of anger and disgust!!!

Riya said...

Yes..the mangalore incident was really shocking.. I dont know how politicians can do that.. And beat up girls.. Thats pathetic.. Why are they targetting the youth of india.. Why? Isnt it wrong when politicians have extramarital affairs and when they marry thrice.. Its only wrong when the youth celebrate valentine day.. Its wrong when they express their feelings for the first time in life on v day.. Atleast they dont commit infedility.. Politicians just want to gain attension. . So they just do anything.. We will surely not be shocked this v day.. I guess terrorism is not an important issue now.. How the girls wear their costumes.. Who they talk to.. If they go to pubs or not.. Is only the main issue of concern for india today..

sawan said...

LSL, these biases would remain until these a******* remain on earth and until atleast some youth learn lesson from them. the only way to feel nice is to make the better generation talk as much as the worser one.

sawan said...

Preetzi, any day. the older generation politics have to end for these kind of stupid acts to subside. They cant open their mouth at their home and so they start thinking of "cleaning the nation"!!

sawan said...

yamini, glad u liked it.

sawan said...

Kajal, we walk together and m sure no one could harm eitr of us.

sawan said...

Riya, politics was never easy to understand. Earlier men were the ones who took family decisions and these politicians had less work in attracting them to their parties. Now women have come forward hand in hand with men and they are part of every decision men take. why not consider this step as a weak attempt for the famous divide and rule policy. attack women and they would start pointing fingers on MEN in comon which would naturally enrage Men and there they go :) Politicians, I say are way too smart.

Keshi said...

Im sick of all the loser-politics of some politicians lol!

Keshi.

sawan said...

keshi, weve got the same feel about it :) cheers...

Riya said...

Yes.. I completely agree with you.. And i am glad you came ur with a post like this.. If we do not raise our voice.. There can be more absurd things coming up.. By only talking and sharing our views we can make india a better place..

Pretty Me!! said...

I advanced from kitchen to living room
I rose from bedroom to board room
the burn my kitchen gifted me
hurt as I shook hand on a corporate deal
I smiled, I enjoyed the pain
I was proud, I lived to your dreams!


just loved these lines .. cud relate to them at times...

Meera said...

Very provoking!
Thanks for sharing those thoughts...strong,powerful and very true!

Senorita said...

@ Sawan...after a long time... loved this one :)

sawan said...

Riya, we sure can make india a better place..

sawan said...

Pretty, glad u liked it :)

sawan said...

Meera, those were my thoughts as i listened to the news. glad u liked it.

sawan said...

Seno, u din like my posts for a looong time?? :(

chalo, ill try and write better :)

Akshat said...

Touché!!

Kudos for the attempt!!

First time here and loved it!!

Take Care

sawan said...

Akshat, welcome here :) glad u liked it.

Amrita~Ams said...

galvanized..
my i tired of all this bad things but.. :(

nice point...
amrita

Catvibe said...

Sawan, this subject stabs at my heart. It is such a dichotomy isn't it? It makes no sense. My heart bleeds for women in India. Your poem is powerful and great and I love that you took on a woman's perspective. Bravo.

everything burns... said...

i thot the vasundhra raje govt fell coz there were more liquor shps than chemists...lol... and very nice poem... something all of us can relate to...

Dewdrop said...

Wow! truely hard hitting yet v simply and beautifully written...

Ria said...

i really dunno what to say....from what i hav heard and seen on the tv, i can think of only one word and tht is Disgusting!! Things r going from bad to worse.

swati said...

ys our thoughts are very much alike..bt the diffrnce is,u express it way better then i do..
politicians acting as moral custodians..is like a joke..one who cnt live to their promises are talking about morals n ethics..huh..
i just luvd the way u expressed it..
tc..

Keshi said...

yes Sawan its not new to someone who comes from Sri Lanka! :)

Keshi.

Kartz said...

Appalling incidents... Thanks to despicable politicians.

Riveting lines there...

Peace.

---
Something awaits you on my blog. ;) Take a peek...

Riya said...

Hey.. I have got something for u on my blog.. Do check it out..

Vinnie said...

CONGRATULATIONS Sawan!!!

You've reached half-century and how !! its been an amazing blogging experience with u along....thanks buddy and keep it up...ur posts, ur template, ur voice...just about everything is the coolest one !!!

Dear Readers, pls join me in congratulating Sawan. this was his 50th post and dedicated to women:) so double congrats!!

Mithe said...

You didnot tell us! Congratulations!!!!!! What a way to celebrate the post...
A sensitive topic but a lesson to be learned in your post with a milestone thrown in!
Congrats again-may ou continue to entrall us with more posts always:)

ki said...

Thank you. Really. You took my emotions and penned them down PERFECTLY.

Mads said...

a really really really nice one....very thought provoking poem there.... :) keep it up...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

That incident is sick beyond limits.

About the poem,I am amazed at the way you have put yourself into a woman's shoes.Kudos!

Pooja said...

i absolutly loved d poem...i hav always stood strongly 4 woman empowerment...

girls r no less dan guys but everytym dey try 2 move up they r beaten down brutally...

abt moral policin'...these ppl r absolutly sick...they need psychiatrists...

karmanna said...

congrats!!

sawan!! very powerful expression!!!
jai ho Shakthi!!!

enchantinganki said...

precisely after republic day...

the poem inspires...i decided to refer it again...the day i deviate from my dream!!

sawan said...

Amrita, glad you liked it :)

sawan said...

Catvibe, glad you liked it. I dont think its a lone incident in India, its spread through out the world. i would sy its much less in India compared to some other countries. I cant blame when girls react by using harsh words against Men. But they should also acknowledge the fact that there are Men around who consider the women as equal and respect them for what they are.

sawan said...

jahnabi, funny u :) glad u liked it :)

sawan said...

Dewdrop, expressions are hard hitting when they have a tint of reality! glad you like it :)

sawan said...

Ria, elections are approaching, u cud watch more dramas in future.

sawan said...

Swati, wow, ur words bring honor to me. glad u liked it :)

sawan said...

Keshi, From what is happening over there, i have to agree with you!

sawan said...

Kartz, glad you liked it!! and wow. that was a wonderful dedication.. thnx a ton bro!!

sawan said...

Riya, wow, thats so sweet of you.. luvd it.. thnx dear..

sawan said...

Vinnie Darlin.. thnx for the announcement :) um um, havnt prepared a speech!! :(

okie i just hrd wut u said "thnk god!!" :)

thnx a lot swthrt.. travellin all this way was fun and productive.. ive lrnt a lot and m sure my words reflect tht.. thnx to you for being there all this while :) may our frenship grow with every passing day!!

sawan said...

Mithe, with you by my side, m sure i wud be enjoyin this journey :) thnx for being there.. ur presence counts.. :)

sawan said...

Keerthy,You are always Welcome swthrt.. its a pleasure to know that Ive done justice to what I intended to know.

sawan said...

Madzie, glad u liked it.. wuts happening.. ??

sawan said...

Sami, :) ur words hav always been kind to me :) thnx for the appreciation. glad u liked it :)

sawan said...

Pooja, not all men beat down the women's growth. m sure your efforts would see light some day.. the society is changing and so is the mentality. take care.

sawan said...

karmanna, thnx for your wishes :)

sawan said...

anki, glad u liked it.. welcome to my space :)

Harshita said...

Applauds!!

What a wonderful piece of writing displaying all the emotions that go thru a victim's mind...uhuh!

sawan said...

Harshita, glad u liked it :) thnx for the applauds :)

Saranya said...

Congrats Sawan....very powerful and emotional lines! You have expressed ur views well........keep up :)

Freya said...

way to go!

i have little hopes for this country to change and i have become quite a nihilist when this topic comes up. When female infanticide and child marriages still prevail in some parts here, I'm not surprised.

Most people have got it drilled into their heads: Indian Women Must Not Have Fun.

Many women themselves are self-opressive.

what-ev-er

mayz said...

hi...u got a dedication on my blog from meera

sawan said...

Saranya, thnx mate. glad you liked it :)

sawan said...

Freya, you and I could change this world. trust me.

sawan said...

mayz, man, that was one wonderful idea!! ill not dedicate a post there, i am thinking of writing something right there and dedicating it :) thnx for coming up with it mate..

WarmSunshine said...

it's a crying shame you know

bloody animals :@ (sorry for the language)

but you see, if i'v seen some worst of the ppl, i have also seen the best in them.

dun know what else to say. I guess it's a waste of time hoping such animals would mend their ways :(

sawan said...

true, but we also needs to show the younger generation that what they are doing is not right. for that there should be discussions..

priyankita said...

hey really liked ur poem provoked me 2 rite 2 i m gonna use it as inspiration

sawan said...

Priya, welcome here. glad u liked it :) I noticed that u havnt enabled access to your profile :( i wud luv to see ur blog. how about sending an invite to read it? :P u take care.

Netika Lumb said...

Very very beautiful.
Just from the heart.. Unfortunately, though :(

sawan said...

Netika, thnx yaar :) yeah unfortunate incident happen :(

Gauri Mathur said...

Poignant!
:)

sawan said...

thnx gauri :)

Rushabhh Gandhi said...

Beautiful Poetry....

Can Create Bubbles! :)

sawan said...

rushabhh, thnx bro. welcome here :)