“Hinduism” Isn’t Tolerant – “People” Are!

I’m tired of hearing about how “tolerant” Hinduism is compared to the dirty evil Abrahamic religions. But remember one thing – a religion itself means nothing. Christianity for example, has Jesus – the most tolerant, peace loving, pacifist hippy imaginable. He tells people to “turn the other cheek” when someone slaps you! And yet there were the crusades, the inquisitions, wars etc by perfectly devout Christians.

The same goes for Hinduism. Stop saying that “Hinduism is tolerant”. It means nothing – squat. Tolerance and peace are defined each and every day by the actions of people. And we all know the worth of actions viz a viz the worth of words.

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Beef Killing – Why Can’t you Mind your Own Business?

Why are we Indians so obsessed with what other people do? Is it because their own life is so boring? When the mob in Dadri killed someone because they thought he was eating beef, why didn’t someone tell them the magic words:

“Mind Your Own Business”?

I think “Mind your Own Business” (MYOB) needs to become a slogan for our country. Gay people getting you down? MYOB! See someone eating beef? MYOB! Women wearing jeans? MYOB!

The only time you need to get involved is if someone is actually getting physically hurt. And please, if you’re going to say that cows are getting hurt, then also extend that courtesy to other animals like Chickens and Pigs. There is nothing special about beef.

So please. Mind Your Own Fucking Business!

A Politician Pole Dancing – So What?

I don’t understand the furor over the viral video of the JD-U candidate Abhay Kushwaha dancing with a bar girl. I mean, sure he looks ridiculous but it’s not illegal right? Take a look for yourself.

Ok, so he looks extremely ridiculous. But we need to stop saying that it’s a “scandal” as if he’s been caught doing what he’s not supposed to be doing.

At Least our Government Responds to Social Media!

I watched in puzzlement as the government released a draft for encryption. All kinds of silly stuff like requiring storage of messages, all but rendering banking encryption useless etc. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the government responded to criticism on news sites and social media. They withdrew the draft and are rewording it. While it’s unfortunate that the government seems to be clueless about stuff like net neutrality and encryption, it’s good that they at least admit their mistake and do something about it. They even listened to us on lifting the porn ban.

Better that, than to have an opaque government that doesn’t list draft proposals for public comment in the first place. I didn’t vote for Modi and had reservations about him (like everyone else), but this style of governance is good and we should appreciate it. Asking for feedback and listening to responses allows the public to keep an eye on what’s happening.

Now if only Modi could reign in some of his ministers and stop them from saying moronic things about how Rishis gave the Vajra to Indra, we’d be golden!

Our “Defence Minister” is a Moron

So what’s the criteria for becoming a minister in India? Utter idiocy? According to Manohar Parrikar – the defence minster of India – the rishi Dadhichi performed advanced metallurgy to gift Indra the “Vajra”, an indestructible mythical weapon.

Mind you, this isn’t some crazy fringe loon of the BJP. It’s no less than a top functionary. It’s merely the latest idiotic pronouncement about India’s glorious past that produced flying vehicles and nuclear weapons. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with talking about ancient achievements, but to take stories and mythology and treat them as god’s truth? What bullshit is this?

Imagine if 1000 years later, some guy finds old Superman comics and uses them as proof that we could fly in the 21st century, that people could shoot laser beams out of their eyes and could also time travel? Yeesh! All this points to a stunning lack of critical thinking skills. In ordinary people, it’s laughable. In a defence minister, it’s scary!

Why are we tolerating insane individuals in our government? Statements like this prove that Manohar Parrikar is mentally damaged and isn’t fit to hold a ministerial post. The fault lies with us for putting up with his inane pronouncements and not expecting any better of our leaders.

Why is it MY Job to Protect “Indian Culture”?

Have you ever noticed how when someone talks about “protecting Indian culture”, it inevitably has something to do with women? I mean when was the last time a Khap Panchayat said “Men using mobiles is against Indian culture”, or “Shorts are a Western influence. All men must stop wearing shorts”. No, it’s always the woman who has to face the burden.

And now, our moron of a “culture minister” Mahesh Sharma has proudly declared that “night outs” for women is not Indian culture! First of all, how the hell does he get to decide what is “Indian culture” and what isn’t? Second, why is it only women who can’t have night outs?

Almost all violence towards women comes from men. How about instead of wanting women to stay inside their homes at night, we instead (oh horrors!), ask men to do the same. This would achieve the same effect and also place responsibility squarely where it belongs.

Of course, I’m only half serious. I can’t pass judgment on all men for the actions of a few. But what the hell Mahesh dude? Why in blazes is it my job to protect your definition of “Indian culture”.

Leave us women the fuck alone, and do your damn job of catching criminals quickly, and punishing them in a timely manner so that they are afraid to commit crime. We don’t want you to do anything else. Women pay their taxes just like everyone else, and we will damn well do as we please!

Why I’m a Proud Feminist

Many people ask me – “Why are you a feminist, instead of a humanist”? My answer has always been the same – one cannot fight for everything with the same passion. You have pick and choose your battles. And for me, that happens to be women’s rights, with a special focus on India.

Does this mean I don’t support gay rights? No! Does it mean I’m insensitive towards the plight of animals? Of course not! It simply means that the issue of women’s rights affects me more directly than either of the above, and so I spend most of my time thinking about it. Does that make me selfish? Probably.

Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.